This Handbook contains, in a form
convenient for everyday use, a comprehensive digest of the
information on Mounting and Framing Pictures, scattered over ten
thousand columns of Work - the weekly journal it is my fortune
to edit - and supplies
information on the general principles of the subjects on which
In preparing for publication in
book form the mass of relevant matter contained in the volumes
of Work, much that was tautological in character had to be
The remainder necessarily had to be
arranged anew, altered, and largely re-written. From these
causes the contributions of many are so blended that the
writings of individuals cannot be distinguished for
Readers who may desire additional
information respecting special details of the matters dealt with
in this Handbook, or instruction on kindred subjects, should
address a question to Work, so that it may be answered in the
columns of that journal.
Briefly the ideal frame may be held to be one which best
suits the picture; but, keeping this end in view, it may be
as beautiful in itself as skill or thought can make it,
provided that it never forces itself into the first place,
for it must be remembered that pictures are of infinitely
more importance than their frames.
The binding of a book is of small consequence compared with
its contents, yet a tasteful and decorative cover is always
Perfection demands care for the
trifles as much as for the important features; and a regard for
beautiful frames by no means implies a neglect of appreciation
of their contents.
Those persons, who recognize the more subtle beauties of form
and color, insist on the frame fulfilling its true purpose.
P. N. HASLUCK