The American Drawing-book: A Manual for the Amateur, and Basis of Study for the Professional Artist: Especially Adapted to the Use of Public and Private Schools, as Well as Home Instruction

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J.S. Redfield, 1847 - Drawing - 168 pages
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Page 22 - O" became a proverb. Then presenting it to the gentleman, he told him, that there was a piece of design which he might carry to his holiness. The messenger replied, " I ask for a design." Giotto answered, *' Go, sir, I tell you his holiness 'asks nothing else of me.
Page 36 - A young man, who has a natural inclination to the study of this art, I would advise to act thus : In order to acquire a true notion of the form of things, he must begin by studying the parts which compose them, and not pass to a second till he has well stored his memory, and sufficiently practised the first ; otherwise he loses his time, and will most certainly protract his studies. And let him remember to acquire accuracy before he attempts quickness.
Page 57 - As our art is not a divine gift) so neither is it a mechanical trade. Its foundations are laid in solid science : and practice, though essential to perfection, can never attain that to which it aims, unless it works under the direction of principle.
Page 1 - Basis of Study for the Professional Artist, especially adapted to the Use of Public and Private Schools, as well as Home Instruction.
Page 4 - God's beautiful creation, unfelt and unknown to those who have neglected its cultivation. It does more : it gives strength to the arm of the mechanic, and taste and skill to the producer, not only of the embellishments, but actual necessities of life. From the anvil of the smith, and the workbench of the joiner, to the manufacturer of the most costly productions of ornamental art, it is ever at hand with its powerful aid, in strengthening invention and execution, and qualifying the mind and hand...
Page 2 - Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, BY JS REDFIELD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern District of New York.
Page 32 - Animal JEthiops. This pigment is named after the Sepia, or cuttle-fish, which is called also the ink-fish, from its affording a dark liquid, which was used as an ink and pigment by the ancients. From this liquid our pigment sepia, which is brought principally from the Adriatic, and may be obtained from the fish on our own coasts, is said to be extracted; and it is supposed that it enters into the composition of the Indian ink of the Chinese.
Page 4 - It is not only as a beautiful accomplishment, or a source of amusement for leisure moments, that the art of Drawing should be cultivated. It has its practical uses, in every occupation of life. It opens to all inexhaustible sources of utility, as well as pleasure ; practises the eye to observe, and the hand to record, the ever-varying beauty with which nature abounds, and spreads a charm around every object of God's beautiful creation, unfelt and unknown to those who have failed or neglected its...
Page 10 - The importance of drawing, as a part of popular education, and the want, eo generally expressed, of some popular work on the subject, by which it could be introduced not only into schools, but home instruction, has led, we are informed by the author, to the publication of (he American Drawing Book.
Page 11 - ... however far he may extend its pursuit. Should this useful accomplishment have been neglected, he can not do better than practise his hand in the careful imitation of good specimens of penmanship, or place himself under the instruction of some good writing-master. The use of the pen has been too much overlooked by draughtsmen, especially by amateurs. It produces a certain line, and induces an early habit of care and accuracy, from the fact that it can not be easily erased. Many are falsely captivated...

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