The Art of Drawing, Colouring and Painting Landscapes, in Water Colours
The Art of Drawing, Colouring and Painting Landscapes, in Water Colours
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The Art of Drawing, Colouring and Painting Landscapes, in Water Colours

FIELDING LUCAS, 1815

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The Art of Drawing, Colouring and Painting Landscapes, in Water Colours
Fielding Lucas, 1815
LUCAS, Fielding (1781-1854). The Art of Drawing, Colouring and Painting Landscapes, in Water Colours. Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr., 1815.

The first American example of a drawing instruction book. Produced by the great publisher and promoter, Fielding Lucas, who also may have written the text, this work is illustrated by William Strickland, an apprentice of Benjamin H. Latrobe. The plates show how to outline and shade a landscape, then how to color increasingly complex scenes, ending with a burning ship at sea at night. Lucas "was one of the first to experiment with color illustration in books outside of the large works issued by subscription, such as Birch or Wilson. Lucas saw clearly that the addition of color could be an effective marketing tool for publishers" (Stamped with a National Character). This is the earlier and more modest of the two drawing instruction manuals that Lucas published; the other is lot 100 in the present sale. America Pictured to the Life 79; Stamped with a National Character 7.

Quarto (237 x 140mm). Engraved title and ten plates, including five colored aquatints. (A couple marginal tears, one gathering sprung.) Contemporary half sheep over marbled boards, printed paper label on upper cover (spine ends chipped, with wear to joints and tips). Custom chemise and slipcase. Provenance: Mary C. Maxwell, Lancaster (ownership inscription) – Justin R. Sypher, Philadelphia (bookplate).

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