Definition of mahlstick in English:

mahlstick

Line breaks: mahl|stick
Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːlstɪk
 
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(also maulstick)

noun

  • A light stick with a padded leather ball at one end, held against work by a painter or signwriter to support and steady the brush hand.
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    • Many artists also used a mahlstick, a long cane with a ball of leather at one end, on which to rest the hand while painting, avoiding the danger of marking slow-drying oil paint.
    • But the mahlstick is also evidence of the production of the painting as a physical object.
    • Dutch was widely known in Europe in the 17c, when the first English - Dutch dictionaries appeared and such Dutch-derived artistic terms as easel, etch, landscape, maulstick, sketch were adopted into English.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Dutch maalstok, from malen 'to paint' + stok 'stick'.

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