Bickham, George [Hrsg.]
The Oeconomy of Arts, Or, A Companion For the Ingenious of Either Sex (Band 1): An Introductive Essay On Drawing: With The Nature and Beauty of Lights and Shadows. And Cuts suitable for the Young Practitioner, In The Manner of the Greatest Masters — London, 1747

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F all the Productions of human In-
genuity ; os all the Operations which
the Fancy assisted by the Hand is < a-
pable, there are none more excellent
or useful, none more universally ad-
mir'd than the Art os Drawing.
Among the ancient Greeks it was held in the highest
Esteem : They thought it no ways inferior to the li-
beral Arts, and mew'd their Value for it accordingly ■
Their Slaves were forbid the Study of it; none but
Persons of Distindtion were honour'd with so great a.
Privilege; and Princes jhemselves not onjy patro-
niz'd it, but thought the Pra&ice of it an Addition
to their Glory.
The Romans in Imitation of them, had the like
Veneration sor it, and their Emperors ConsuK and
others os superior Rank, employ'd great Part of their
Time in that delightful Study, and {trove with a lau-
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