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- Object: A New Treatise on Flower Painting or Every Lady her own Drawing Master: Containing Familiar and Easy Instructions for Acquiring a perfect Knowledge of Drawing Flowers with Accuracy and Taste also Complete Directions for Producing the Various Tints
Drawing book containing 25 plates, the first plate with seven rows of various types of lines and simple patterns; further eight plates dividing into a set of four coloured plates and a set of their uncoloured equivalents with four single images per plate, illustrating specimens of grass, sprigs or leaves; the main part of the book a set of 16 plates with illustrations of flowers, dividing into a set of eight coloured plates and their uncoloured equivalents placed directly after each other or printed recto/verso; one up to five different single flowers per plate, varying in size; image of a fuchsia on an uncoloured plate tinted by the previous owner of the book, and two sketches in pencil of a blossom and a bud of a carnation below the specimen handcoloured by the author; pages 9 to 16 offering an index of tints consisting of small coloured rectangulars lettered with the respective name of the tint and indicating its mixture in letter-press; book in its original 19th-century binding. 1818
Stipple, example set of 12 hand-coloured and mostly lettered plates printed in green, brown and black ink, set of second uncoloured, mainly unlettered plates mostly printed in green ink
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Height: 275 millimetres (approx.)
Width: 200 millimetres
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- This is the second edition of G. Brookshaw's "A New Treatise on Flower Painting, or Every Lady her own Drawing Master" first published in 1816; being virtually a duplicate of G. Brown "A New Treatise on Flower Painting (...)" first published in 1799, it starts with a comprehensive introduction, containing a general comment promoting the art of flower drawing by women, a detailed description on tints and outline; while the instructions on colouring the plates with leaves and sprigs alternate with the respective plates, an overall description on colouring the flower plates is placed before the whole set; in this set, the handcoloured and uncoloured plates alternate, except the pair showing a sweet pea, of which the handcoloured plate was bound before the title-page; most of the plates are copies of the ones by Brown, sometimes simply printed reversedly.
For the "Supplement" of the treatise published in 1817 see 1902,0325.93; and also for the subsequently published set of groups of flowers which Brookshaw announced in the "Supplement" see 1894,0721.10.
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