O meio de se fazer pintor em tres horas, e de executar com o pincel as obras dos maiores mestres, ...

O meio de se fazer pintor em tres horas, e de executar com o pincel as obras dos maiores mestres, sem se ter aprendido o desenho, traduzido do Francez.

VISPRE, François Xavier. José Mariano da Conceição Veloso, editor and trans.].

Published by Lisbon, na Typographia Chalcographica, Typoplastica, e Litteraria do Arco do Cego, 1801., 1801
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8°, late twentieth-century quarter mottled sheep over marbled boards, by Invicta Livro, spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, crimson leather lettering piece with gilt letter, marbled endleaves, contemporary marbled wrappers bound in (2 small repairs to front wrapper). Small woodcut royal Portuguese arms on title-page. Some light browning and very light spotting. Overall in good to very good condition. Engraved bookplate of Aulo-Gélio S. Godinho and small oval bookseller's tag on verso of contemporary front wrapper, . Lithograph armorial bookplate of Fernando Morais on verso of front free endleaf. Lovely engraved bookplate of Luís Pisani Burnay, with seashell motif on front pastedown endleaf. (4 ll.), 70 pp., (1 l. advertisement). *** First Edition in Portuguese of these detailed instructions for painting on glass or mirrors, offered in the form of a dialogue between the author and an unidentified marchioness. Vispré briefly describes the history of painting on glass, then proceeds to explain what colors are required and what combinations should be used for skin, hair, trees, clouds, and so on. His advises his aristocratic pupil to choose a print to copy. Since using a print obviated concern with such pesky details as subject, proper anatomy, and composition, Vispré was probably safe in promising that he could teach this skill - which is painting in the most literal sense - in mere hours. His original manual, Le Moyen de devenir peintre en trois heures, et d'exécuter au pinceau les ouvrages des plus grands maîtres, sans avoir appris le dessin, was popular enough to go through at least four editions: Paris, 1755 and 1756 and Amsterdam, 1766 and 1772. François Xavier Vispré (born ca. 1730 in Besançon or Paris, died ca. 1794 in London) was a respected artist who produced engravings, mezzotints, pastel portraits, and still lifes in oil (some on glass). From the 1750s onward, Vispré worked in Paris, London, Bristol and Dublin. Many of his engravings and mezzotints were after portraits by Liotard, and his pastels also show Liotard's influence.This Portuguese translation was produced at the the Arco do Cego press, officially the Tipografia Chalcografica, Tipoplastica e Literaria, located in Lisbon at the Arco do Cego. The Arco do Cego press was established in 1800 at the insistence of D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho, Minister of State, who realized the need to disseminate new techniques in the arts, industry and agriculture in Portugal and Brazil. He proposed to do this by publishing both original works and Portuguese translations of recent foreign works on those subjects. The director of the press was José Mariano da Conceição Veloso (1742?-1811), a native of Minas Geraes and a noted botanist; he was assisted by many young Brazilians living in Lisbon. The Arco do Cego was well equipped, with its own foundry for making type, its own presses and its own designers and engravers, two of whom - Romão Eloy and Ferreira Souto - later introduced the art of engraving to Brazil. The press produced a relatively large number of works, but in 1801 it was incorporated into the Regia Oficina Typografica, also known as the Impressão Regia and later as the Imprensa Nacional.*** A Casa Literária do Arco do Cego 49. Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 900 (without mention of the advertisement leaf). Gonçalves Rodrigues, A tradução em Portugal 2350. Not in JCB, Portuguese and Brazilian Books. On Vispré, see Bénézit XIV, 287 and Neil Jaffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800 (online edition). Porbase locates only a single copy, at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Not located in Copac. Bookseller Inventory # 25595

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Title: O meio de se fazer pintor em tres horas, e ...

Publisher: Lisbon, na Typographia Chalcographica, Typoplastica, e Litteraria do Arco do Cego, 1801.

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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