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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 PDF (3.2 MB)


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                                  I N TROD U C TI ON.
been happy in, the resemblance of friends she has loved, what a new source
of intellectual
enjoyment would be opened to her.  And not to her alone.      The influence
of that refinement of
sentiment and taste, that must ever follow, will extend throughout her life,
and spread a charm
about her, which will be seen and felt in all her associations, whatever
be her destiny.
   The importance of Drawing, as a part of populay education, and the want,
so generally
expressed, of some popular work on the subject, by which it could be introduced,
not only into
schools, but home instruction, has led to the publication of the AMERICAN
DRAWING-BOOK,          it
is given to the public with the ardent hope that it may, in some degree,
awaken an interest in a
branch of knowledge that has been, hitherto, strangely neglected among the
people of the United
States; not so much from indifference to its importance, as from the want
of efficient means of
its acquirement.
   Of Teachers, all that can be required, is, to give it a fair experiment.
   Of Pupils, is to be asked, a faithful observance of the course of study
recommended - not
to grow weary, if sometimes they find their patience taxed too heavily. 
Let them be assured.
that nothing more is demanded of them than is believed to be absolutely necessary
to their
advancement.  If, at any time, a doubt should arise in their minds, as to
the utility of that which
is required of them, let them perseyere a little farther, and they will be
satisfied.  There are few
secrets to teach: all must depend upon their own exertions.     The business
of the Guide is to
direct their steps in the right way, and to supply them with such information
as they may require
in their progress, not to bear them on his shoulders.  The correction of
their own errors, and the
knowledge of the means of their success, will supply the rest.  One promise,
in conclusion, can
be safely made: the gain will well repay the effort.    Let them not hesitate,
for fear of failure,
but be assured, that the measure of their success will be in proportion to
their exertions.  When
once they 4~iave passed through the elementary studies of art, they will
need no incentive be-
yond the reward they will receive in its practice - a new world of enjoyment,
a new sense to
appreciate its worth, will be their recompense, and they will never regret
the day of theii
beginning.


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