LESSONS ON ART
London, Bogue, 1849
Cm.37x27; pp....+ tavv. f.t.; telato antico con scritte dorate impresse sulla cop. ant. (sciupato)
Interessante edizione antica e d'epoca,
magnifica pubblicazione a cura del noto artista inglese,
opera dedicata a stampa a "Albert, Prince of Wales,..." (con anche impresso una piccola figura di gusto araldico);
opera istruttiva didattica relativa alla tecnica del disegno artistico,
e pertanto, a poche pagine introduttive e di prefazione a cura dell'autore stesso, seguono istruzione sull'uso della matita e quindi sulla tecnica del disegno,
il tutto attraverso numerose "lezioni", ogni lezione con a fronte tavole f.t. con illustrazioni esplicative (ogni tavola impressa al recto verso bianco);
e quindi progressivamente vengono mostrati i primi rudimenti del disegno geometrico o prospettico, per poi arrivare a illustrazioni di oggetti o paesaggi;
tutto il pubblicato è quì presentato in fascicoli distinti e sciolti (ogni fascicolo, di circa 22 pagine, rilegato con copertina in brossura muta) e complessivamente sono presenti sei fascicoli, per un totale di 140 lezioni, e infine un breve scritto conclusivo;
le illustrazioni presenti, in molti casi più di una illustrazione su una stessa tavola, sono stampate con tecnica litografica, e pertanto ogni tavola potrebbe anche essere incorniciata distintamente.
DI INTERESSE ARTISTICO, DIDATTICO, ARCHITETTONICO, FOLKLORICO, COLLEZIONISTICO, BIBLIOGRAFICO
Discreta conservazione generale, segni e difetti d'uso e d'epoca, usuali sparse fioriture e sgualciture e difetti vari marginali e così come visibili nelle immagini allegate, difetti vari alla legatura telata con rotture al dorso e pertanto meritevole di restauro (la copertina in realtà è sciolta, ad uso cartellina utile a contenere i vari citati fascicoli sciolti), complessivamente volume fascinoso nel suo vissuto, con la copertina ad uso cartellina impreziosita da artistici fregi impressi a secco (su entrambi i piatti della legatura) e con il piatto anteriore anche con impressioni a secco dorati (cartiglio col titolo dell'opera);
tavole illustrative meritevoli anche di essere distintamente inserite sotto passpartout ed incorniciate.
(le immagini allegate raffigurano alcuni particolari dell'intero volume, eventuali ulteriori informazioni a richiesta)
dal web, wikipedia:
James Duffield Harding (1798 – 4 December 1863), was an English landscape painter, lithographer and author of drawing manuals. His use of tinted papers and opaque paints in watercolour proved influential.
Harding was born at Deptford in 1798, the son of a drawing-master who had been a pupil of Paul Sandby. He was taught perspective by his father, and had lessons from Samuel Prout. At the age of thirteen he exhibited two drawings of buildings in the style of Prout at the Royal Academy.
He was apprenticed to the engraver Charles Pye, but left him after only a year to concentrate on painting watercolours, and when he was 18 he was awarded a silver medal by the Society of Arts. In 1818 he showed with the Society of Painters in Watercolours, (known as the "Old Watercolour Society or OWCS from 1831) for first time. He was to contribute to its exhibitions for the rest of his life. He was elected an associate of the society in 1820 and a full member in 1821. In 1843 he took up oil-painting, and exhibited many landscapes in that medium at the Royal Academy. In 1847 he resigned his membership of the OWCS , hoping to be elected a member of the academy; but, after nine years without success, he withdrew his candidature, and was re-elected to the OWCS.
From an early on in his career Harding was a successful and popular teacher. When lithography became popular in Britain, he quickly adopted it as a means of reproducing good examples for the use of pupils and students. His first productions were drawing-books, consisting of pencil sketches and studies of trees; they were printed in tints with two stones, allowing the reproduction of more elaborate drawings. His Sketches at Home and Abroad, a series of fifty plates using this method, was published in 1836. In 1841 he published The Park and the Forest, a set of sketches drawn on the stone with a brush instead of the crayon, a technique of his own invention which he called "lithotint". His other lithographic works included A Series of Subjects from the Works of R. P. Bonington (1829–30); Recollections of India (1847, from drawings by C. S. Hardinge) andPicturesque Selections (1861).
In 1830, Harding exhibited a series of Italian views sketched on papers of various colours and textures, the syyle of which was widely imitated. His use of opaque body colourin watercolour, following the example set by J.M.W. Turner also proved influential. His drawings were praised by John Ruskin in Modern Painters. From the 1830s a range of papers was produced under the name of "JDH pure drawing paper", initially for Winsor and Newton. The papers, which proved popular amongst both amateur and professional artists, and which Harding used himself, were produced in white, and in shades of cream, buff and grey. They were marketed until around 1910. Winsor and Newton also produced pencils under Harding's name.
Harding was a prolific author of educational manuals, and his Lessons on Art, Guide and Companion to Lessons on Art, Elementary Art, or the Use of the Chalk and Lead Pencil advocated and explained, andThe Principles and Practice of Art, were widely used both in Britain and abroad. His Drawing Models and Their Uses (1854) describes the use of a range of solid forms which he prepared and marketed.
(dal web, wikipedia)
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