1815. DE MASSOUL, Constant, and Daniel Webb. A TREATISE ON THE ART OF PAINTING, bound with, AN INQUIRY INTO THE BEAUTIES OF PAINTING. Two works bound in one volume. London: The Author by T. Baylis, 1797; R. and J. Dodsley, 1769. 8vo. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards. (ii), 242 pages; xvi, 200 pages. First and third editions. Constant de Massoul was an artist's colorman who operated a shop on Bond Street in London at the end of the eighteenth century. His treatise was translated from the French but only appears in this English edition of 1797, and is the scarest of the two works and is now a regularly cited source for information about eighteenth centurty painter's practice. According to the subtitle "Containing instructions for all the various processes of painting. Together with observations upon the qualities and ingredients of colours." It is a study of the composition of colors and is focused upon the use of colors in painting while Webb's treatise into the beauties of painting...is an essay in connoisseurship, delving into the merits of paintings in general and the paintings of celebrated artists, old and modern, in particular. Webb's book was recommended by Thomas Jefferson to his brother-in-law, Robert Skipwith. Robert Carter of Nomini Hall owned the first edition of Webb's book. The de Massoul is not listed by Janice Schimmelman in her book, A Checklist of European Treatises on Aesthetics available in America through 1815 while Webb is listed with many citations. Early owner's signature on title page. Contemporary binding cracked down spine; edges chipped, else a nice copy. (Inventory #: 39720)
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