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The Practice of Drawing and Painting Landscape from Nature, in Water Colours

by Nicholson, Francis

  • Hardback £395.00
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  • Catalogue No : 42167
  • Published : 1823
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xi, 118
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : 14 engraved or aquatint plates, 3 double-page (1 hand-coloured)


Exemplified in a series of instructions calculated to facilitate the progress of the learner; including the elements of perspective, their application in drawing from nature, and the explanation of various processes of colouring, for producing from the sketch a finished picture. With observations on the study of nature, and various other matters relative to the Arts.

Second edition, with considerable additions. Rare.

Nicholson, Francis (1753-1844), watercolour painter and teacher. He received lessons from a German artist, Conrad Martin Metz. Nicholson had a number of patrons including; John Stuart, first marquess of Bute, Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall, and Sir Henry Tuite and his wife. He also had a considerable teaching practice which included ladies of fashion. His contemporary reputation was such that drawings were fraudulently sold as being by Nicholson within his own lifetime. (ODNB)


4to, rebound, modern half calf, marbled boards, raised bands and gt tooling to spine, leather title pieces, modern buckram slip-case, gt title to upper panel. Some foxing/spotting to plates, a few faint marginal pencil annotations; contemporary ink notes on colours and pigments to rear flyleaf. An attractive copy.

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