Howard, Frank
The sketcher's manual: or, the whole art of picture making reduced to the simplest principles by which amateurs may instruct themselves without the aid of a master — London, 1841

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54 PICTORIAL EFFECT.

If the principal subject be situated in the
distance; it should occupy some of the forte
parts, covered by the subdivisions of the exterior
thirds or fifths: and, if there be any distinct
perpendicular forms, as towers or spires, they
should occupy one of the lines forming those
subdivisions; and the points introduced to give
effect, should be placed in a forte situation
bearing a different relation to the corner from
those made use of for the subject (Plate XXIII.
fig. 2).

It will be evident, that the principle to which
all the foregoing rules are to be referred, is
Variety, under certain restrictions; without which
all productions of the fine arts are vapid, stiff,
and formal. Hogarth has said justly, "that the
art of drawing pleasing forms, is the art of
varying well." He might have said, that the
whole art of making pleasing pictures or drawings,
consisted in the art of varying well, that is, with
a due regard to proportion.

It might not, perhaps, be difficult to show,
that variety can be obtained only to a very
limited extent, unless great regard be had to
proportion.
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