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Chippendale, Thomas (1718-1779) / The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director: being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and modern taste.

Rules for drawing,   pp. 4-7

Plate descriptions,   pp. 7-27 ff.

Page 7

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No. II. 
TO draw a Book-Case in Perspective, draw the line A, and set off the 
length of your Book-Case with its mouldings, and the depth of it on 
same line, as you see the measures specified: complete the plan D, and draw
your parallels to the diagonal line at the corner.  To make the plan E set
off the depth of the upper part of the Book-Case in the line B, and draw
to the visual as before:  this done, you may complete the plan E, draw the
line M, and on the left hand set off the height of your Book-Case, as you
see all 
the measures specified; draw all these measures to the point of sight 0,
and raise 
perpendiculars from the diagonal, and you will have the projections of the
ing in F; from every particular projection in F draw parallels to the ground
to get the proper rise of your mouldings kkk, &c. in the plan E is the
of the cornice, and from these projections raise all your perpendiculars
Book-Case.  To draw the pediment in Perspective, you must first draw it as
you see 
it in G; then from H you must draw parallels to k, on the left hand; then
those lines marked in h down to the point of sight; then draw the parallels
LL to bb, to give the rise of the particular members of the cornice.  Then
the dotted lines in the plan of the cornice k intersect in the visual line
I, raise per- 
pendiculars to bb in the pediment, which give the projection of the mouldings
 in bb 
for a close pediment; or if you have a mind to have it an open one, you must
raise perpendiculars from the mitres of the cornice kk. 
P L A T E S XII. XIII. XIV. and XV. 
ARE a variety of new-pattern Chairs, which, if executed according to
Designs, and by a skillful workman, will have a very good effect.  The 
fore feet are all different for your better choice.  If you think they are
too much 
ornamented, that can be omitted at pleasure.  The proper dimensions 
of those 
Chairs are one foot ten inches in the front, one foot five inches 1/2 behind,
and one 
foot five inches from the front of the back foot to the front rail; the 
back, one 
foot ten inches 1/2 high; the seat one foot five high; but that is made lower
ing as the seat is to be stuffed. 

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