Dr. Brook Taylor's Method of Perspective Made Easy, Both in Theory and Practice. In Two Books. Being An Attempt to make the Art of Perspective easy and familiar; To Adapt it intirely to the Arts of Design; And To make it an entertaining Study to any Gentleman who shall chuse so polite an Amusement. By Joshua Kirby, Painter. Illustrated with Fifty Copper Plates; most of which are Engrav'd by the Author. ... Book I.
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The first Book is dedicated by the author to Mr Hogarth; the second, to the Academy Of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, &c. in London.
On Brook Taylor and Kirby in the history of perspective see M. Kemp, The science of art: optical themes in western art (1992); K. Anderson, Brook Taylor's role in the history of linear perspective (1989); P. Descargues, Perspective: history, evolution, techniques (1982).
Kirby's book is based on Brook Taylor's Linear perspective (1715) and New principles of linear perspective (1719), which established the 'measure point' method at the centre of British theory. Kirby also acknowledges his debt to John Taylor's Stereography (1738). (J.M.W. Turner, who became Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy in 1807, is probably the best-known artist in this succession.) As well as dedicating his book to Hogarth, Kirby includes an etching of a landscape by Thomas Gainsborough (pl. 18).
The book was reprinted in 1755. A second edition appeared in 1765; a third, in 1768.
Name as Subject
Manuals - Instructional materials - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
William Craighton, printer
Francis Noble, bookseller
John Noble, bookseller
James Swan, bookseller
William Hogarth, draughtsman, dedicatee
Luke Sullivan, engraver
Johann Sebastian Müller, engraver
Joseph Wood, engraver
Thomas Gainsborough RA, engraver
Academy of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, &c. (London)
Thomas Gainsborough RA
Wooded Landscape with Church, Cow and Figure, 1753-54
Frontispiece showing incorrect perspective, 1754
Landscape demonstrating correct perspective, 1754
Views of Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, and a rural landscape