The Art Of Painting, In All Its Branches.
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Methodically demonstrated by discourses and plates, and exemplified by remarks on the paintings of the best masters; and their perfections and oversights laid open. by gerard de lairesse. translated by john frederick fritsch, painter.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 4to. 9.5 x 7 inches.  + iv +  + 654 +  pp. Title page in red and black. Bound in contemporary calf with blind stamped panels; spine in compartments, decorated gilt, with raised bands with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Extremities rubbed and worn consistent with age and some foxing and browning. Two plates damaged, one with one of the ten panels removed and a few old tears neatly repaired; otherwise a very good copy. A few early ink annotations. Illustrated by engraved frontispiece and by 71 numbered plates, with plates II and III on the same page. Copy lacks plates IV-V, together on one page, with photocopy provided. Decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. First English edition of the author's well illustrated survey of the art and theory of painting and decorative art. It is divided into thirteen books, covering drawing ('pencilling'), composition, the antique and the modern, colouring, light and shade, landscapes, portraiture, architecture, ceilings, statuary, still life, flowers and engraving. Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711), Dutch Golden Age artist and art theorist was born in Liege, but settled in Amsterdam, where he acquired a reputation as a decorative painter working in a classical style. Translated from the Dutch of Het Groot Schilderboeck (1707). Later English editions appeared in 1778 and 1817, with a modern translation in 2011. (ESTC T142680).
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