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The essentials of perspective, with illustrations drawn by the author;

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LIBRARIESRESEARCHVPL912 9 23433 0813*'^ \ilH;n,ESSENTIALS OF PERSPECTIVETHEBY THE AUTHOR.IVITH ILLUSTRATIONS DRAIVNBYMILLERM, W.Industrial Art the Pennsylvania Museum, PhiladelphiaPrincipal of the School ofof6^ DISCARD^tJ.CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1887YORKNEWYORKnewItHELIBRARY[PUBLIC475873»HtLtViO'i.A8TDR,Fi-NDATi;**.TtLCEVCopyright, 1887, by Charles Scribner's SonsTROW'8NO BOOKBINOrNQ COMPAN".NEW TORK.(V\6l4-PREFACE."CALL this little Thebook Essentials of Perspective," because it seems to me that it contains as muchinformation about the science of which it treats as the artist or the draughtsman ever has occasion toImake use of, except under the most unusual conditions.I do not claim to have discovered any new thing, either in the principles or possible applications of per-spective science. But it has occurred to me, as I know it has occurred to many others with a similar ex-perience in teaching drawing, that a book on perspective, which should be exhaustive enough to redeem thestudy from the contempt with which it is too often treated by artists—an estimate which is, to a considerable" " "extent, justified by such presentations of it as ai-e usually found in the hand-" and text-books in commonuse—and yet fi'ee, as far as possible, difficultiesfrom the technical which the unscientific mind is pretty sureto encounter in the profounder treatises, might be of use.If, on glaucing through the book, some havethings are found to been left ...
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LIBRARIESRESEARCHVPL 912 9 23433 0813 * '^ \ilH; n, ESSENTIALS OF PERSPECTIVETHE BY THE AUTHOR.IVITH ILLUSTRATIONS DRAIVN BY MILLERM, W. Industrial Art the Pennsylvania Museum, PhiladelphiaPrincipal of the School ofof 6^ DISCARD^ tJ. CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1887YORKNEW YORKnewItHE LIBRARY[PUBLIC 475873 »HtLtViO'i.A8TDR, Fi-NDATi;**.TtLCEV Copyright, 1887, by Charles Scribner's Sons TROW'8 NO BOOKBINOrNQ COMPAN". NEW TORK. (V\6l4- PREFACE. "CALL this little Thebook Essentials of Perspective," because it seems to me that it contains as much information about the science of which it treats as the artist or the draughtsman ever has occasion toI make use of, except under the most unusual conditions. I do not claim to have discovered any new thing, either in the principles or possible applications of per- spective science. But it has occurred to me, as I know it has occurred to many others with a similar ex- perience in teaching drawing, that a book on perspective, which should be exhaustive enough to redeem the study from the contempt with which it is too often treated by artists—an estimate which is, to a considerable " " "extent, justified by such presentations of it as ai-e usually found in the hand-" and text-books in common use—and yet fi'ee, as far as possible, difficultiesfrom the technical which the unscientific mind is pretty sure to encounter in the profounder treatises, might be of use. If, on glaucing through the book, some havethings are found to been left out which are usually intro- duced into a work of this kind, I twice beforeask the reader to look he finds fault with the omission, as this weeding out of what have seemed, things hasto me, unessential been the means on which I have mainly relied in the efEoit to make clear the really I haveimportant truths. aimed, too, to make the illustrations such as should seem to connect the study artist ratherwith the work of the than to use them as diagrams by which to demonstrate abstractions,,and such also as might, for the most part, be understood without helpthe of letters of reference. It may be of interest to teachers of drawing to know that these illustrations are of precisely the aame character as those which I have used for many years in teaching perspective from the black-board ; and while vi PREFACE. pupils do not always make as good transcripts of them in their note-books as one would like to see, they make them quite good enough to fix in the mind the lesson which each is intended to convey, and find them infi- nitely more interesting and jjractical than the pure theory to which they are so often treated in counettion with this branch of study. the scientific study ofThe reader ^vho cares to go farther in perspective than I have attempted to lead " by Professor W. E. Ware, ofhim will find Modern Persi^ective," Columbia College, the best book for his purpose. teacher, have to thankhim for theMr.Ware was my and I most that I know about the subject ; and Iam his work remains the most masterly and thorough presentation ofsure it which has yet been made. L. W. M. Philadelphia, March, 1887.