Brookshaw, George / A new treatise on flower painting, or, Every lady her own drawing master: containing familiar and easy instructions for acquiring a perfect knowledge of drawing flowers with accuracy and taste: Also complete directions for producing the various tints.
On Flower Painting, pp. [unnumbered]-6
1 ON FLOWER PAINTING. THE general inclination of ladies for flower painting, added to the great progress many have made in attaining the art, is a convincing proof that the taste, or genius, for this pleasing amusement, is not confined to the male sex; on the contrary, I am much inclined to think, that ladies would sooner arrive at perfection than men, were they at first taught its proper rudiments. The disadvantages arising from defective instruction, I consider to be the great cause why so little progress has been made, even by ladies who have naturally possessed a taste for painting, and who have had the greatest facilities for its cultivation. But an error rooted in the fundamental principle of any art, or science, will inevitably prevent the student, or practitioner, from attaining a superior degree of excellence. At a time when female genius seems disposed to make every effort to exert itself, it is to be lamented that so many incorrect drawings are universally presented as copies to paint from; and it is B
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