On Drawing Trees and Nature: A Classic Victorian Manual with Lessons and Examples

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This classic of art instruction is the work of James Duffield Harding (1798-1863), who served as drawing master and sketching companion to the great Victorian art critic, John Ruskin. Generations of students have benefited from the teachings of this 19th-century master, who sought always to "produce as near a likeness to Nature, in every respect, as the instrument, or material employed, will admit of; not so much by bona fide imitation, as by reviving in the mind those ideas which are awakened by a contemplation...
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This classic of art instruction is the work of James Duffield Harding (1798-1863), who served as drawing master and sketching companion to the great Victorian art critic, John Ruskin. Generations of students have benefited from the teachings of this 19th-century master, who sought always to "produce as near a likeness to Nature, in every respect, as the instrument, or material employed, will admit of; not so much by bona fide imitation, as by reviving in the mind those ideas which are awakened by a contemplation of Nature . . . The renewal of those feelings constitutes the true purpose of Art."
This volume consists of direct reproductions of Harding's sketches of vignettes from natural settings. Each is accompanied by a series of lessons emphasizing both practical and theoretical considerations. The edition features the added attraction of 23 outstanding plates from the author's Lessons on Trees.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486442938
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/4/2005
  • Series: Dover Art Instruction Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 701,225
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter I General remarks on the use of the chalk, or lead pencil
Chapter II On form
Chapter III On the application of the chalk, or pencil, to the drawing of forms
Chapter IV On copying, as preparatory to the study of nature
Chapter V On foliage
Chapter VI On stems and branches
Chapter VII On foregrounds
Chapter VIII On light and shade
Chapter IX On the use of the brush
Appendix On the materials
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