The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 4.1790

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before the looking-glafs, may be copied by this me-

A variation of this principle is ufed in taking like-
nefles by made.


The leading principle of drapery, is a difpofition t&
he at rejt} and this difpofition it maintains, however it
may be agitated, or conducted into form j thus when a
large piece of cloth is hung by a dyer upon tenter hooks,
it falls regularly by its own weight, and becomes fmooth,
and without a wrinkle or fold. If in the fame cloth, a
fold be formed on purpofe, yet at a fmall diftance from
its origin it widens, frees itfelf from conftraint as foon as
poflible, and fpreads into a fimilarity to the general
fmoothnefs of the whole piece. The number of folds
in drapery is always according to its finenefs, the ftiff-
nefs of coarfer cloths not permitting fo many divifions,
and requiring more ftrength to fold them ; fine linen
therefore, is always moll replete with folds, yet always
preferves its difpofition to reft, falls, however it be
gathered and plaited. Drapery agitated by the wind, is
conftantly impelled by the fame principle, and the wind
can no longer keep it buoyant than while it is able to
overcome the defending power of the drapery.

In No. i. we have a piece of drapery fupported at each,
end ; in the middle, between the two fupports, it drops :
at the two fupports, the folds are more numerous and

No. 39. X clofer
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