The principles of drawing, or, An easy and familiar method whereby youth are directed in the practice of that useful art : being a compleat drawing book containing a curious collection of examples in all the variety of cases : as the several parts of the human body, whole figures, landskips [sic], cattle, building, &c. curiously engraved on copper plates, after the designs of Albert Durer, Abrah. Bloemart, Carlo Morac, Le Clerc, Hollar, and other great masters : to which is prefix'd, an introduction to drawing; containing an account of the instruments and materials used in drawing, and the method of managing them; also instruction to form the judgment of a young beginner, and direct his hand in practice, with early and proper lessons for him at the first entrance : also, early and proper lessons for a young beginner, with instructions to form his judgment and direct his practice / translated from the French of Monsieur Gerard de Lairesse and improved with abstracts from C.A. Du Fresnoy.
- Additional Title(s):
Principles of drawing
Easy and familiar method whereby youth are directed in the practice of that useful art
Principes du dessein
Art of drawing
Grondlegginge ter teekenkonst. English
- The fifth edition
- London : Printed and sold by Thomas Bowles, in St. Paul's Church-Yard and John Bowles and Son, at the Black Horse in Cornhill, MDCCLII 
- Physical Description:
- , 8,  p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 34 cm.
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- Copyright Status:
- Copyright Not Evaluated
- Running title: Art of drawing.
English translation of French text originally published in Dutch. French translation: Les principes du dessein.
The copper plates were engraved by Henry Roberts, Francois Vivares and others; after designs by Watteau, Boucher, Durer, Bloemart, Le Clerc, Hollar and other masters.
The plates are lettered consecutively in two sequences beginning A and AA respectively. Plate AA is preceded by a divisional half t.p. reading "The Principles of Drawing Part II".
Text printed in double columns.
Title printed in red and black.
English short title catalogue, T212760
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary quarter calf and marbled paper boards.
- Subject Terms:
- Bowles, Thomas -- Printer.Composition (Art) -- Early works to 1800.Drawing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.Drawing -- Technique.Engraving -- Specimens -- 1752.John Bowles and Son -- Printer.
- Drawing books.
Handbooks and manuals.
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Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640-1711, The principles of drawing, or, An easy and familiar method whereby youth are directed in the practice of that useful art , MDCCLII