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Howard, Frank

Imitative art; or the means of representing the pictorial appearances of objects, as governed by aerial and linear perspective: being a manual of details, for the amateur sketcher and the man of business, with a chapter on finish.

London, Darton and Clark nd (mid nineteenth century).

Reference: 6993
Price: £220 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. viii+117+(1)pp, (12) engr plates (numbered 1-4, 6-12, with one unnumbered plate serving as frontispiece identifiable as 5). Mid-19th century qtr calf, spine gilt. Some light foxing, particularly on first plate. Contemporary ink presentation inscription on front free endpaper from Frank Carter to his sister Eliza (18)57.

A little book, primarily intended for amateur artists, on the representation of objects, with chapters on perspective, shading and the depiction of surfaces. Howard (1805-1866), a painter and former assistant to Sir Thomas Lawrence, had already published two (of three) parts of a work on imitative art, as he explains in the foreword, dealing with types of subjects such as the human form, as well as manuals for sketching and the use of colour, with which this work was supposed to be used in conjunction. NUC records three copies of an 1840 edition, and the British Library holds one dated 1854, but it is not clear when the present undated edition was published.