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The Theory and Practice of Perspective   By: (1834-1919)

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The Theory and Practice of Perspective by G. A. Storey is an insightful and comprehensive guide for anyone looking to delve into the fascinating world of perspective drawing. With its clear explanations and practical exercises, this book serves as an indispensable resource for both beginners and more experienced artists.

One of the standout features of Storey's book is the way he effortlessly breaks down complex concepts into manageable and understandable chunks. He begins by explaining the fundamentals of perspective, such as vanishing points, sightlines, and foreshortening, ensuring that the reader grasps the basic principles before moving on to more intricate techniques.

Storey's approach is refreshingly hands-on, offering numerous exercises that allow readers to apply their newfound knowledge and deepen their understanding. By encouraging active participation, he ensures that the theory is not just understood intellectually but also absorbed through practical engagement. This practicality makes the book invaluable for aspiring artists who wish to develop their skills in perspective drawing.

The author's extensive knowledge of art history shines through in this book as well. Storey provides historical context and references to notable artists who have mastered the art of perspective. This not only enriches the reader's understanding but also bolsters their appreciation for the subject matter at hand.

In addition to its strong instructional elements, The Theory and Practice of Perspective also boasts a visually engaging format. The inclusion of numerous illustrations and diagrams greatly aids in visualizing the concepts introduced in the text. Storey's meticulous attention to detail is evident in the clarity and precision of these visual aids, enhancing the reader's overall learning experience.

While the book is undeniably comprehensive, it may be overwhelming for those entirely new to the topic. Some sections may require multiple readings or additional research to fully grasp the concepts presented. Nonetheless, Storey's clear writing style and systematic approach greatly mitigate any potential confusion, making this book an excellent choice for those seeking to master perspective drawing.

Overall, The Theory and Practice of Perspective by G. A. Storey is an exemplary guidebook that combines theory, practical exercises, and historical context to create a well-rounded resource for artists of all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner aiming to understand the basics or an experienced artist looking to refine your technique, this book will undoubtedly deepen your understanding and mastery of perspective drawing.

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Henry Frowde, M.A. Publisher to the University of Oxford London, Edinburgh, New York Toronto and Melbourne




Teacher of Perspective at the Royal Academy

[Illustration: 'QUÎ FIT?']

Oxford At the Clarendon Press 1910

Oxford Printed at the Clarendon Press by Horace Hart, M.A. Printer to the University



President of the Royal Academy

in Token of Friendship and Regard


It is much easier to understand and remember a thing when a reason is given for it, than when we are merely shown how to do it without being told why it is so done; for in the latter case, instead of being assisted by reason, our real help in all study, we have to rely upon memory or our power of imitation, and to do simply as we are told without thinking about it. The consequence is that at the very first difficulty we are left to flounder about in the dark, or to remain inactive till the master comes to our assistance.

Now in this book it is proposed to enlist the reasoning faculty from the very first: to let one problem grow out of another and to be dependent on the foregoing, as in geometry, and so to explain each thing we do that there shall be no doubt in the mind as to the correctness of the proceeding... Continue reading book >>

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