Rudiments of Drawing; by CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727-1785).

Rudiments of Drawing; by CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727-1785).
  • Another image of Rudiments of Drawing; by CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727-1785).
  • Another image of Rudiments of Drawing; by CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727-1785).
‘a familiar source for book illustration’
CIPRIANI, Giovanni Battista (1727-1785).

Rudiments of Drawing; engraved by F. Bartolozzi. London, G. Bartolozzi and Mariano Bovi, 1786-93.

Landscape oblong folio album, (385 x 268 mm), 18 stipple engraved plates (including the title-page), some spotting and soiling but the plates generally clean, plate mark 208 x 303 mm, in contemporary or slightly later roan backed marbled boards with worn edges, spine chipped at head and foot, extremities bumped, wanting the front endpaper.

A composite album of engravings showing various life drawing studies. This is a similar collection to Elements for drawing, designed and engraved by Francis Bartolozzi, Esq. R.A. The originals in the possession of M. Bovi, London 1792 (ESTC n9122, at Glasgow, Yale and the Getty). That collection also included a letterpress title (not present here) and further engravings by Bartolozzi of his own works. Composite albums like this one would have been bound up to order, depending on the availability of the prints at the time. The present album contains eight plates after Cipriani and ten by Bartolozzi after originals in the collection of Mariano Bovi.
Single plates with multiple images are dedicated to eyes, noses, ears and there are five plates of hands (adult and baby hands), and three of feet. The final six engraved plates are figurative studies including portraits of young men and women, children, cherubs and other heavenly beings.
‘Cipriani’s classical designs, well drawn and restrained in colour, became particularly associated with the neo-classical interiors created by Robert Adam and William Chambers... Rudiments of Drawing, engraved by Bartolozzi, was published posthumously in 1786-92, to become a familiar source for book illustration’ (ODNB).

ESTC n9122, at Glasgow, Getty Center and Yale University Center for British Art.

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