Lucas' Progressive Drawing Book
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"To stamp it with a national character, we have endeavored, as much as possible, to make it a collection of American views..."
Lucas' Progressive Drawing Book

FIELDING LUCAS, 1827

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Lucas' Progressive Drawing Book
Fielding Lucas, 1827
LUCAS, Fielding (1781-1854). Lucas' Progressive Drawing Book, in three parts... Consisting Chiefly of Original Views of American Scenery, and Embracing the Latest and Best Improvements in the Mode of Instruction. Baltimore: Fielding Lucas Jr, 1827.

A fine copy of Lucas's rare early color plate book. "The most ambitious of Lucas' publications, with drawing instruction and landscape views by John H.B. Latrobe, executed in aquatint by John Hill. Lucas freely confessed to having borrowed heavily from English works on drawing in compiling the book, but he sought as much as possible to use American views in order 'to stamp it with national character.' In this case, Lucas was producing a book which would compete in the marketplace with imported English works, and he probably hoped to capitalize on the patriotic element lent by the American scenes" (Stamped with a National Character). Views show the lower Susquehanna, the Balise at the mouth of the Mississippi, and several scenes along the Hudson. Rare at auction: the last copy recorded sold in 1977 and was incomplete. Stamped with a National Character 8.

Oblong folio (248 x 362mm). In three parts. 38 plates, including 11 hand-colored aquatints (some spotting). Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, paper label (rebacked).

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