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Painting, Paynting, Panting, vbl. n. Also: payntt-, payint-, pantt-, pent-, pynt-, peynt- and -eing, -yng(e, -in, -yn(e, -ene, -eyn. [ME. peintunge (Ancr. R.), -ynge, payntyng (14th c.).]

1. The action of painting, in various senses of Paint v.Portraying or delineating on a surface by applying colour or lines; decorating by the application of wash or paint; colouring one's face, cosmetically.(a) 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 370.
To Dauid Prat the payntour in compleit payment of the altar paynting
1506 Ib. III. 196.
Payit for paynting of the tua schip botis
1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 79. 1532 Ib. 86 (see Laying vbl. n. 1 (7)). 1534–5 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 128.
For the paynttyne of ane lyon thua unicornis that suld stand upone the foirentres
Ib. 1539 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 165. 1581 Burne Disput. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 171.
From cleynnes be vesching To vnsauorie painting
c1590 Fowler II. 56/4.
For painting & grauing ar things indifferent … quhen thair vse tends not to deuotioun bot to decoratioun and ornament
1628–9 Mill Mediæv. Plays 209.
To John Smyith for payinting the toune of Edinburght
1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 17.
(b) 1471 Ayr B. Ct. 7 Oct.
To the panttyn of the silare
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 118.
1494 Edinb. Hammermen 5.
For viij lib. of new walx & the makine & pantyne of xj povnd of auld wax
1558–9 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 281.
For panting of the officiars wyndis agane Yule
1573 Treas. Acc. MS. 282.
For making & pantene of the kingis maiesties pictour
1585 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. ii. 387.
For the pantin and wrettin of the twa tabillis aboune the weddin kirk dur
1589 Ib. 390.(c) 1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 90 b.
To … painter for the penting of his maiesteis portratt xx li.
1617 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 233.
For the penting and culloring of the defenderis windowis
1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 2.
For pentin the shep 2 l.
1643–4 Misc. Spald. C. V. 107.
For drawing of the tounes armes and penting of the cullouris
(d) 1684 Macgibbon & Ross V. 559.
Ane compt of his cutting the kings armes upon stone … peynting and gilding theirof
(e) 1659 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 428.
Skill in washing and pynting of houssis
1679 Rothesay B. Rec. 374.
To pay to the pynter five pund for pynteing his Majes[t]ies armes

b. Paynting-watteris, liquids used for colouring the face cosmetically. — a1487 Gud Wyf & D. 127.
Flawm nocht na fluris that vill fade … Vith paynteyn vatteris [v.r. payntyng wattrys] to ger hir scheyne

2. concr. A painted or drawn or otherwise fashioned representation of a person or thing; a picture or portrait. a1400 Leg. S. vi. 615.
& [thu] honowryse thi awne payntynge At na-thinge settand Hewynis Kynge
?1438 Alex. ii. 7467.
The Kiing beheld the panting fast

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