Chapman, J.G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889. / 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.
(1870 [1873 printing])
[Introduction], pp. [unnumbered]-10
I N T R 0 DU C T ION. knowledge give but little real aid to him who has a long and arduous journey to pursue; though it is scarcely worth while to hazard an experiment, by which the spirit may be broken down with toil, in a path into which we occasionally diverge, as a recreation, or an accessory to other pursuits. From the delight, as well as profit, that awaits them, all may be safely invited and tempted to the study of Drawing. They may find difficulties; but they will find pleasures, also, of the richest kind. They will find flowers blooming along their way, and fascinating enticement at every step: nature unfolding her ample volumes, and displaying combinations of beauty and delight, beyond the power of words to tell them of. It may be theirs, to record the ever- changing pictures of earth and heaven; to give them body and form, in which others, less favored than themselves, may participate through them: theirs, to preserve the image of some cherished object long after it has ceased, in its reality, to exist - or, perhaps, to call forth some priceless treasure from the world of poetry and thought. To those who have in view more than mere pleasure and amusement in the pursuit of the art of Drawing, may be fairly promised advantages which they will surely realize. Most of the difficulties constantly experienced by artificers, in the execution of their handiwork, will be obviated, when the hand that executes can design. Let our mechanics have their apprentices instructed in Drawing, and the effects will be soon evident in their workshops, for the arm of the boy will thereby become nerved with the strength of the man ; and masters will them- selves be emancipated from dependence upon foreign inver~tions, that are rarely adapted to the wants, tastes, and habits of our people. Let these wants be supplied by articles more useful and equally ornamental of home production. Let them learn to v~thie ~uid use rightly their own strength, and their reward will follow. The manufacturers of Europe are drawing closer and closer the connexion between the artist and the workman. At first, they borrowed aid; now they are acquiring knowledge for themselves. For the promotion of this object, schools have been long established on the continent, under government protection and support; so much importance is attached to their existence, as a measure of national policy, The influence of these schools was so strongly felt in England, to the detriment of English industrial art, that it became a subject of alarm to her statesmen. All the capital, energy, and strength, the superiority in material and mechanical facilities of England, could not contend against the higher excellence of her foreign rivals. As the voice of one man, her mechanics and manufacturers confessed the truth, and demanded
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