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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 : 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 [1752]
Physical Description:
[2], 8, [2] p., [49] leaves of plates : ill. ; 34 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC650 .L3513 1752+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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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.
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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