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])
Chapter IV. The rudiments of drawing. Of manner or method--the act of writing, in connexion [sic] with drawing--general instructions, etc.--Conclusion., pp. 91-112
RUDIMENTS OF DRAWING. tiful and valuable art, but give proper attention to the principles and practice recommended, not by a few hasty trials, and by carefully following the routine of advancement, from a simple straight line, to the point now reached; and all that they have' yet to do, will be both plain and easily acquired. As a primary and elementary work on drawing, our task is done; and it will not be in vain, should it reach, in a degree, however small, the wants of a people always susceptible of conviction, and ready to promote the advancement of the arts of refinement. The art of drawing claims more than this: for it is essential as a part of common education. It belongs to the artisan, even more than those who live in the easy enjoyment of fortune: with the one, it may be classed as a luxury, or source of recreation; to the other, it is a necessity. Let this useful and beautiful art, therefore, no longer be considered as a mystery, confined to a gifted few, but take its place with its sister arts, in our systems of general education. The young and tender capacity is early prepared for it; its first impulses are harmonious with it; and, while it may be made to shed gladness and sunshine upon the hours of coercion to the school-bench; when the mind is for ever wandering from the primer to the bright fields, and scenes, and objects, of childhood's joys, its pursuit leads not from, but in the direction of, all other knowledge, assists in its acquirement, tends to strengthen the mind, and purify the taste, and bestows a capacity for intellectual pleasure, apart from its practical utility, that should give It place among the first requisites of common, as well as of finished education. 4'iIt
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