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 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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