A New Perspective Instrument, By, Joseph Priestley of Bradford in Yorkshire.
Engraving. Plate 113 x 172mm (4½ x 6¾").
An illustration of a tool aiding architectural artists present perspective precisely. It was published in Priestley's 'A Familiar Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Perspective'; a discussion of the principles of linear perspective. Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), a theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher and a chemist often credited with the discovery of oxygen. Because he found difficulty finding artists capable of illustrating his scientific books, he decided it would be easier to learn how to do it himself; he then published this artist's manual.
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