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A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins

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While a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the celebrated American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) prepared a drawing manual for his students. The manuscript developed out of his famous lectures at the Academy on linear perspective, mechanical drawing, reflections, and sculptural relief and included illustrations by the artist. Following his forced resi ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 11th 2005 by Yale University Press
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The Credentials of Thomas Eakins as a Draughtsman

Just when you thought you knew all the ins and outs of the life of one of America's greatest artists, Thomas Eakins, even through attending one of the many fine museum exhibitions of his work that seem to be always in circulation, up pops this publication brought out some five years ago - a first publication of Eakins' 'textbook' on drawing, based on his lectures at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In the well written introductory comments c
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Jun 18, 2013 Marc rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A highly-technical drawing manual covering linear perspective, mechanical drawing, isometric drawing, reflections in water, and relief drawings. Anecdotal and historical info about Eakins himself is included and you get a real sense of how seriously he took his role as an artist and a teacher. His is an approach that relies heavily on exactness, measurement, and rigor. This is a very slender book and each section has been distilled down to what Eakins considers the essentials.
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