Notes from the North
In 1875, John Nicol in one of his
regular articles, Notes from the North, in the British Journal of
"I see that many
photographers do their retouching with water colours, and frequently
complain that it often adheres to the surface of the paper during
printing, when, of course it, along with a portion of the film, is torn
Let those who so suffer
try oil colours.
The most judicious and
successful retouching I have seen way by Mr Bashford of Portobello, and
that is the material he uses. He says it is easily applied, dries
perfectly in a few hours, and may be hastened by a smart heat before the
fire. Since its adoption, he has never lost a negative by it; and
likes it infinitely better than either water-colour or pencil."
[BJP: 26 February 1875;