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A NEW TREATISE ON FLOWER PAINTING, or EVERY LADY HER OWN DRAWING MASTER

1818
Origin: England, London
9 5/8" x 12 1/4"
Black and white stipple or roulette engravings, some with period hand color; Black and white printed text
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1997-94
The title reads: "A NEW TREATISE ON FLOWER PAINTING, or EVERY LADY HER OWN DRAWING MASTER containing FAMILIAR AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS for acquiring A perfect Knowledge of Drawing Flowers with Accuracy and Taste: ALSO COMPLETE DIRECTIONS FOR PRODUCING THE VARIOUS TINTS."
Label:George Brookshaw’s New Treatise on Flower Painting is a wonderful example of early 19th-century illustration techniques. It provides complete directions for drawing and coloring botanical illustrations. Art students and teachers used Brookshaw’s book as a guide for producing watercolor paintings.

An advertisement at the end of the first edition of Brookshaw’s Treatise made these claims: “That those ladies who subscribe to this work may meet with as little difficulty as possible, they are hereby informed, that proper boxes of colours are sold under the inspection of the author, and every other article for drawing, at G. Brown’s corner of Blackland’s Lane, King’s Road, Chelsea; where ladies may have their paintings varnished and mounted in the most elegant taste, and designs drawn for them, and every assistance and instruction given that is necessary.”