• Walter Shirlaw's Studies

    18 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    Walter Shirlaw (1838-1909) was a Scottish-born American, a painter, banknote engraver and teacher. His painting "Toning the Bell" shows the foreman striking the bell with a hammer, while the violinist plays a reference note. The faces, hands, and postures of the two main characters show that they have different personalities and that they come from different worlds. This page of studies shows the construction of the violin, how the left hand needs to finger the strings, and a couple options for the bow hand.
    It looks like he contemplated having the foundry man rest his left hand on the...
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