HUNDERTPFUND, Libertat. The art of painting restored to its simplest and surest principles, translated from the German. xi, 122, [ii] pp. Illustrated with 23 plates of which 3 are engraved and printed on thin cards (one each of a palette and brushes), 20 in colour lithography and a large folding chart. 8vo., 198 x 120 mm, bound in publisher's brown cloth stamped in blind, title gilt on spine. London: David Bogue, 1849.
First English Edition of what the translator claims to be the first philosophical theory of colour applicable to the art of painting written by a practicing artist (in contrast to several written by philosophers or scientists). The author claims to have discovered the method of painting with opposite colours and illustrates this in his unusual colour printed plates. The appendix discusses technical matters: the preparation of oil colours, the washing, burning, and grinding of pigments, oils, grounds, priming and varnish making. Ruhemann/Plesters (page 389) states that "the work is not concerned with restoration, but it interesting to note, in view of the date, that in the section on varnish preparation the author expresses the view that only mastic or dammar in turpentine are safe and suitable varnishes for paintings." Spine faded.
Birren Collection 341.
Item nr. 143604