Bowles, Carrington, 1724-1793 / Bowles's florist : containing sixty plates of beautiful flowers, regularly disposed in their succession of blowing : to which is added an accurate description of their colours with instructions for drawing and painting them according to nature : being a new work intended for the use and amusement of gentlemen and ladies delighting in that art
Introduction, pp. 3-4
 Drawing from Flowers need not to be loaded with ma- thematical Rules, yet there is one which we mut always retain, in order to draw properly from Nature; ' and that is, Flowers-are fuppofed in general to be round when feen in Front, and to appear oval in Proportion, as they are more or lefs turned from the Eye : But a Circumftance of the greateft Confequence to'an elegant Reprefentatiort of this Part of Naturel is choofing the Flower in its proper State for Copying. The Gardener 4 admire his Flower when moft regular and compa&, but the moft f~iccefsful Painters have always chofe to reprefent their Bloffons as ripened to a Degree of Loofenefs, fubjeet t be folded and play in the Wind, By taking the Liberty ere. recommended, the Propriety of ftrift Drawing will fill be adhered to, and the young Prafitioner will hap. pily avoid the lifelefs Formality of flat Drawing, and the fuch ty of COLURING.
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