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INTRODUCTION

TO

LINEAR DRAWING.

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF

M. FRANCEUR,

AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF

PUBLICK SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES,

BY WILLIAM B. FOWLE,
INSTRUCTER OF THE MONITORIAL SCHOOL, BOSTON.

Boston:

CUMMINGS, HILLIARD, AND COMPANY.

1826.

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Muwlen Wensbantena
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, To wit:

DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventeenth day of October,
A. D. 1825, in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United
States of America, William B. Fowle, of the said District, has
deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he
claims as Author and Proprietor, in the words following, to wit :

“ An Introduction to Linear Drawing. Translated from the French of M. Francæur, and adapted to the use of Publick Schools in the United States. By William B. Fowle, Instructer of the Monitorial School, Boston."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors, and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned :” and also to an Act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS,

Clerk of the District of Massachukctts.

JAMES LORING, PRINTER.

INTRODUCTION.

An elementary treatise on Drawing, adapted to the, use of common schools, cannot but be well received. Besides the professions which make the art of drawing their particular study, anatomists, naturalists, mechanicks, travellers, and indeed all persons of taste and genius, have need of it, to enable them to express their ideas with precision, and make them intelligible to others.

Notwithstanding the great utility of this branch of education, it is a lamentable fact, that it is seldom or never taught in the publick schools, although a very large proportion of our children have no other education than these schools afford. Even in the private schools where drawing is taught, it is too generally the case that no regard is paid to the geometrical principles on which the art depends. The translator appeals to experience when he asserts, that not one in fifty of those who have gone through a course of instruction in draw

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