Ruskin, John
The elements of drawing: in three letters to beginners — London, 1857

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THE

ELEMENTS OF DRAWING.

LETTEE I.

ON FIRST PRACTICE.

My dear Keader,—Whether this book is to be of
use to you or not, depends wholly on your reason
for wishing to learn to draw. If you desire only
to possess a graceful accomplishment, to be able
to converse in a fluent manner about drawing, or
to amuse yourself listlessly in listlegs hours, I can-
not help you: but if you wish to learn drawing
that you may be able to set down clearly, and
usefully, records of such things as cannot be de-
scribed in words, either to assist your own memory
of them, or to convey distinct ideas of them to
other people; if you wish to obtain quicker per-

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