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125566
SMITH, Thomas.

The Art of Drawing in its Various Branches...

exemplified in a course of twenty-eight progressive lessons, calculated to afford those who are unacquainted with the art the means of acquiring a competent knowledge without the aid of a master; being the only work of the kind in which the principles of effect are explained in a clear, methodical, and at the same time familiar style. Illustrated with coloured designs and numerous wood engravings.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Printed for Sherwood, Jones, and Co., 1825

Stock Code: 125566

£1,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition of this richly illustrated guide to drawing and painting, part of the expansion of popular manuals for artistry which occurred in the early 19th century. This expansion reflected the fact that drawing and painting, which had once been considered a supplement to a general education for the genteel, had by the Regency Period become regarded as an essential component. The present work is a fine example of these popular guides, offering 28 lessons which start in perspective and finish in the contrast of colours, with guides to the anatomy of humans, animals and plants. The book is relatively scarce, with OCLC listing 16 copies in institutional holdings.

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Description

Octavo (213 x 132 mm). Contemporary calf, red label, spine richly gilt to compartments, double gilt fillets to covers enclosing beaded roll in blind, marbled endpapers and edges, blue silk page marker.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout with woodcut diagrams and illustrations, 16 plates, 13 of which are hand-coloured, 58 colour samples within woodcut frames.

Condition

Covers a little spotted, some foxing to contents, chip to fore edge of p. 13, offsets from plates. A very good copy.

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