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Interior with an artist drawing a landscape through a window, to show the principles of copying by 'squaring up'

RIBA99425
SOURCE: Johann II, Prince of Pfalz Simmern. Eyn schon nutzlich Buechlin und Underweisung der Kunst des Messen (Simmern, 1531), p. H2b

Methods for drawing perspectives

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SOURCE: Abraham Bosse. Maniere universelle de Mr Desargues, pour pratiquer la perspective par petit-pied, comme le geometral (Paris, 1647), pl. 2

Methods of drawing simple three-dimensional objects

RIBA99427
SOURCE: Andrea Pozzo. Perspectiva pictorum et architectorum (Rome, 1693), vol. I, fig.3

Illustration explaining how to draw the perspective of a house and garden

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SOURCE: William Halfpenny. Perspective made easy (London, 1754), pl. 20

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: plate 11 (interior view with sight lines and vanishing points marked)

RIBA99429
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, pl. 11

A technique for projecting a polyhedron from Book II, a treatise on perspective

RIBA99430
SOURCE: Sebastiano Serlio. Il Secondo libro d'architettura (Di Architettura, book II) (Venice, 1551), fo. 7 recto NOTES: This 1551 publication formed the first collected edition of all five of Serlio's books on architecture, which had previously appeared as first editions between 1537 and 1547.

Projected perspective with moveable flaps

RIBA99431
SOURCE: Thomas Malton. A Compleat treatise on perspective (London, 1779), book II (theory of perspective), fig. 15

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: etched title-plate

RIBA99432
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, etched title-plate NOTES: This work was published simultaneously in four languages: Dutch, French, German and Latin. The title-plate for all four languages was printed from the same copper with the central text area below the word Perspectives cut away so that the rest of the title could be printed in the language of that particular edition.

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: dedication page with the portrait of Maurice, Prince of Orange (the stadtholder Maurits of Nassau)

RIBA99433
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, dedication page NOTES: The portrait of Prince Maurice, drawn and etched by Hondius, is dated 1599 as it was probably prepared for use in an earlier work dedicated to the prince.

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: address to the reader with portrait of the author

RIBA99434
Vredeman de Vries, Hans (1526-1609)
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, address to the reader

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: plate 1 (geometrical figure with sight lines and vanishing points marked)

RIBA99435
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, pl. 1

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Perspective, part I: plate 2 (geometrical figure with sight lines and vanishing points marked)

RIBA99436
SOURCE: Hans Vredeman de Vries. Perspective (Leiden, 1604), part I, pl. 2
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