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Luxurious manual for understanding paintings, with coloured plates

A practical treatise on painting. In three parts. Consisting of hints on composition, chiaroscuro, and colouring. The whole illustrated by examples from the Italian, Venetian, Flemish, and Dutch schools.
London, James Carpenter, 1826-1827. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 25 full-page partly handcoloured etched and aquatint plates with 105 reproductions by Burnet of famous paintings. Contemporary calf, covers blind-tooled in a checkered pattern, marbled edges. [4], 31, [1 blank]; VI, 45; V-IX, [3], 64 pp.
€ 2,950
First edition of the collected works on the art of painting by the Scottish artist John Burnet (1784-1868), illustrated by himself. It is divided into three parts: on composition, chiaroscuro (light and shadow), and colour.Minor foxing. New spine and endpapers, boards somewhat soiled. In very good condition. Abbey, Life, 100; Dict. of Nat. Biography III, 407. Graesse I, 578.
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