London. Darton & Co, No date. Seventh Edition. Hard Covers. Red blind impressed cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Some scattered foxing to the prelims and the hinge is weakened in places although the binding is still firm. Boards are a little rubbed but gilt titles still present. Spine ends are softened and frayed.
A little book, primarily intended for amateur artists, on the representation of objects, with chapters on perspective, shading and the depiction of surfaces. Howard (1805-1866), a painter and former assistant to Sir Thomas Lawrence, had already published two (of three) parts of a work on imitative art, as he explains in the foreword, dealing with types of subjects such as the human form, as well as manuals for sketching and the use of colour, with which this work was supposed to be used in conjunction.
8vo. Engraved plates (numbered 1-4, 6-12, with one unnumbered plate serving as frontispiece identifiable as 5).