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Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit Reading the Scriptures by Thomas Waterman Wood (1874)

Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit Reading the Scriptures by Thomas Waterman Wood (1874)

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Old Masters Reading the Scriptuers by T. W. Wood.

Old Masters Diamond Art KitReading the Scriptuers by T. W. Wood.

Born in Vermont, Wood initially pursued portraiture before gaining renown as a genre painter specializing in depictions of New England life and African American subjects. His interest in the latter stemmed from his experiences in Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. Upon returning to New York after the Civil War, he diversified into character studies in both oil and watercolor, exemplified by his portrayal of an elderly Black man engrossed in reading the Bible. Created during the Reconstruction era, this mixed-media artwork underscores the pressing need for education among the newly liberated population. Post-war, individuals of all ages who were formerly enslaved sought literacy, a right previously denied them by law. Through allusions to scripture, Wood may be acknowledging the role of Northern and Southern teachers and missionaries, linking education with Christian values.



  • Culture: American
  • Medium: Watercolor, gouache*, and graphite on light tan wove paper
  • Dimensions: 14 15/16 x 10 3/4 inches. (38 x 27.3 cm)

This painting is owned by The Met. It is not on view.

Your Masterpiece:

Full drill, square
21.5 x 26 inches
48 colors
Poured glue
Artist Canvas

Skill level: Expert

Experience the timeless beauty of Thomas Waterman Wood's masterpiece, "Reading the Scriptures," with our Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit. Measuring 21.5 by 26 inches, this exquisite diamond painting captures the essence of Wood's original work in stunning detail.

With 48 vibrant colors and square diamond painting drills, you'll embark on a journey of artistic expression, recreating every nuance of the original piece. The mixed media techniques employed by Waterman come to life in this diamond painting, adding depth and authenticity to your creation.

While the canvas is rich in confetti, offering a challenge to seasoned diamond painters, beginners need not fret.  If you divide up the canvas and work on small sections at a time, this will make the intricate details more manageable.

Whether you're a connoisseur of fine art or a novice exploring the world of diamond painting, the Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit promises a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Immerse yourself in the beauty of "Reading the Scriptures" and let your creativity shine.

The authors signature is very clear on the bottom left of the original painting. I added his name to the diamond painting canvas because it did not show up in the rendering.

This painting is in the public domain because the author died onApril 14, 1903 (aged 79) in New York City, U.S. 

The author died in 1903, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewerThis work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1929.

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:

*a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance

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