Library Paintings

A Library Painting usually shows a Coat of Arms and as the name suggests they all used to be hung in someone’s library. There is no such thing as a Family Coat of Arms. What you will have if your name is Fraser for example is a blue background with either 1, 2 or 3 five petalled flowers or ‘fraises’. This blue background is a common element in all of the Arms recorded under the name of Fraser but there will be another element introduced such as a gold circle or ‘bezant’ if you’re a banker or a quill if you are a lawyer or artist to make it particular to you. Similarly, if you are a Graham, you would show a Shield with a golden background. The top 1/3rd of the Shield would be black and there would be a 1, 2 or 3 golden shells on it but there would also be another or other elements on it to make it particularly yours for example a chevron or mason’s square if you’ve been involved in the building trade. They can be quite ornate and imaginative and include other aspects of the client or Petitioners life. Usually carried out on either vellum or good quality cartridge paper or illustrators’ board using watercolour or gouache paint.