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Perspective Drawing of a Bookcase

Rules for drawing a bookcase in perspective.

¶ To draw a bookcase in perspective, draw the line a, and set off the length of your bookcase with its mouldings, and the depth of it on the same line, as you see the measures specified: complete the plan d, and draw your parallels to the diagonal line at the corner. to make the plan e set off the depth of the upper part of the bookcase in the line b, and draw them to the visual as before: this done, you may complete the plan e, draw the ground line m, and on the left hand set off the height of your bookcase, as you see all the measures specified; draw all these measures to the point of sight 0, and raise perpendiculars from the diagonal, and you will have the projections of the moulding in f; from every particular projection in f draw parallels to the ground line, to get the proper rise of your mouldings kkk, etc. in the plan e is the projection of the cornice, and from these projections raise all your perpendiculars to the bookcase. To draw the pediment in perspective, you must first draw it as you see it in g; then from h you must draw parallels to k, on the left hand; then draw those lines marked in h down to the point of sight; then draw the parallels from ll to bb, to give the rise of the particular members of the cornice. Then where the dotted lines in the plan of the cornice k intersect in the visual line i, raise perpendiculars to bb in the pediment, which give the projection of the mouldings in bb for a close pediment; or if you have a mind to have it an open one, you must raise perpendiculars from the mitres of the cornice kk.

Perspective Drawing
Perspective Drawing, Plate XI

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