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Notebook of painting instructions presented to E[dward] A[ugustus] Brackett by his sculptor friend, Durivage, signed and dated "Boston, November 10, 1845." The notes pertain to such topics as drawing from nature, perspective, shadows, head and figure painting, and proportions of figures. Sketches of the primary palette and of the head are also included. The last entry, in a different handwriting, is entitled, "Notes on Painting" and the last date appearing is 1888. A note in pencil on the front cover says "translation from French."
Edward Augustus Brackett notebook, circa 1845. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm roll 1034 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Edward Augustus Brackett was a portrait sculptor born in Vassalboro, Maine, who worked in Cincinnati, New York, and Boston.
A handwritten note in the front of the notebook indicates that it was "presented to the Worcester Art Museum by Frank D. Brackett son of E. A. Brackett."
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