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THE

THEORY AND PRACTICE

OF

LINEAR PERSPECTIVE.

APPLIED TO

LANDSCAPE, INTERIORS, AND THE FIGURE,

FOR THE USE OF

ARTISTS, ART-STUDENTS, ETC.,

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF

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LONDON:
BICKERS AND SON, 1, LEICESTER SQUARE, W.C.

1873.

PRINTED BY W. WILFRED HEAD, PLOUGH COURT, FETTER LANE, B.C.

PREFACE.

These are already before the public a great number of handbooks on Perspective. In most of these the theory is analyzed, some excellent rules are laid down, and those already existing are well explained; but, generally speaking, the synthesis and the application of the art to actual practice seem to be, almost studiously, ignored.

In the following pages the author has taken particular pains to avoid this error, and has accordingly, in every case, made his tlieory subservient to practice. He no sooner expounds a proposition and deducts a rule, than he points out a clear and concise method for its direct application to the canvas or sketch.

In his great experience as an artist, he has noted the difficulties which beset the beginner, and which often recur to painters after long years of practice; and his experience as a professor at one of the first public schools of France has enabled him to explain the Theory and Practice of Perspective so lucidly that the reader will be spared a great deal of the

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