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Creator:
Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640-1711.
Title(s):

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

Edition:
The fifth edition
Published/Created:
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 [1752]
Physical Description:
[2], 8, [2] p., [49] leaves of plates : ill. ; 34 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC650 .L3513 1752+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Classification:
Books
Notes:
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.
ESTC, 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.
Form/Genre:
Drawing books.
Handbooks and manuals.
Contributors:
Dufresnoy, Charles-Alphonse, 1611-1668.
Roberts, Henry, approximately 1710-approximately 1790, engraver.
Vivarès, François, 1709-1780, engraver.
Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721, ill.
Boucher, Jean, approximately 1575-approximately 1633, ill.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528, ill.
Bloemaert, Abraham, 1564-1651, ill.
Leclerc, Jean, active 1573-1627, ill.
Hollar, Wenceslaus, 1607-1677, ill.
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