Armengaud, Jacques Eugène; Leblanc, César Nicolas   [Hrsg.]; Armengaud, Jacques Eugène   [Hrsg.]; Armengaud, Charles   [Hrsg.]
The engineer and machinist's drawing-book: a complete course of instruction for the practical engineer: comprising linear drawing - projections - eccentric curves - the various forms of gearing - reciprocating machinery - sketching and drawing from the machine - projection of shadows - tinting and colouring - and perspective. Illustrated by numerous engravings on wood and steel. Including select details, and complete machines. Forming a progressive series of lessons in drawing, and examples of approved construction — Glasgow, 1855

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Perspective of Solids.

Problem X.—The horizontal projections of two tetra-
hedrons being given, to draw the perspective of the solid.

Let AB ab {Fig. 221) be the projections of the picture,
C the point of sight, D D the points of distance, EFG h,
I K Lm, the horizontal projections of the two given tetra-
hedrons, one of which is placed on its base, and the other
on its summit.

(Fig. 221.)

Draw the perspectives of the horizontal projections,
then through h, the horizontal projection of the summit,
raise the perpendicular h H.

Problem XI.—The projections of two equal cubes being


given (Fig. 222), one placed on one of its angles, and the
other on one of its arriess, to draw them in perspective.

Here the operation is so simple that no explanation is

Problem XII.—To draw three equal given cylinders in
perspective (Fig. 223).

It is not necessary to repeat the method of putting a
circle in perspective; but it may be well to observe, that
the upper surface of the cylinder may be so near the hori-
zon that it is physically impossible to inscribe an ellipse.

In such a case an approximate solution is all that can be
arrived at. A few principal points should be obtained,
and the ellipse traced by approximation.

{Fig. 223.)

This example presents a singularity, which at first sight
appears a paradox, and yet is nothing less than that. The
cylinder A, although evidently farther from the eye than
B, and seen, consequently, under a less angle, appears in
the picture to have a greater diameter. The
Distance reason is, that its optical cone is cut more obliquely
by the picture than that of B, and hence the in-
tersection of A is longer. This, which is held to
be a proof of the incorrectness of perspective, is,
on the contrary, a proof of its correctness; for, if
the subject is attentively considered, and we pro-
ceed to view the picture under the same condi-
tions as to distance and height of the eye, as
we have supposed to exist in viewing the object
itself, we shall perceive that the representations
of the objects must be seen under the same
angles as the objects themselves, and therefore,
although the diameter of the farther column
measures more in the representation than that
of the nearer one, yet, from the proper point
of view, the angle under which it is seen is less,
and therefore it will appear to be smaller. The
result, although geometrically correct, is yet a
distorted representation, when viewed in the way
we usually look at a picture. It is a correct
section of the cone of rays, but not made by a
plane so situated relatively to the object and spectator,
as we should place a picture or a transparent plane
through which to view the object. Before proceeding
farther, we shall take the opportunity of making some
remarks on the conditions under which objects may be
properly represented.

The greatest angle under which objects can be viewed
with distinctness is one of 90°. But when viewed under
this angle, it is with such an effort as to produce an un-
comfortable sensation. Let us, however, suppose that
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