EVELYN, John, Sculptura: Or, The History, And Art of Chalcography And Engraving in Copper. With an ample enumeration of the most renowned Masters, and their Works. To which is annexed A new manner of Engraving, or Mezzo Tinto, communicated by his Highness Prince Rupert, to the Authour of this Treatise, London, G. Beedle, 1662.1 quotations
(...) we do no doubt to affirm, that by the application of this Art [n.d.r. Art of Chalcography] alone, not only Children ; but even Stripplings well advanc’d in Age, might receive incredible advantages, preparatory to their entrance into the Schoole Intellectual, by an Universal, and choice Collection of prints and cuts well design’d, engraven and dispos’d, much after the manner and method of the above nam’d Villeloin, which should contain, as it were, a kind of Encyclopaedia of all intelligible, and memorable things that either are, or have ever been in rerum Natura. It is not to be conceived of what advantage this would prove for the Institution of Princes and Noble Persons, who are not to be treated with the ruder difficulties of the vulgar Grammar Schooles only, and abstruser Notions of things in the rest of the sciences, without these Auxiliaries ; but to be allur’d, and courted into knowledge, and the love of it by all such subsidiaries and helps as may best represent it to them in Picture, Nomenclator, and the most pleasing descriptions of sensual Objects, which naturally slide into their fluid, ad tender apprehensions, speedily possessing their memories, and with infinite delight, preparing them for the more profound and solid studies. […]
RICHARDSON, Jonathan, Two Discourses. I. An Essay on the whole Art of Criticism as it relates to Painting. Shewing how to judge I. Of the Goodness of a Picture ; II. Of the Hand of the Master ; and III. Whether ‘tis an Original, or a Copy. II. An Argument in behalf of the Science of a Connoisseur ; Wherein is shewn the Dignity, Certainty, Pleasure, and Advantage of it. Both by Mr. Richardson, London, W. Churchill, 1719.1 quotations
‘tis true there are some Kinds of Pictures which can do no more than Please, as ‘tis the Case of some Kinds of Writings ; but one may as well say a Library is only for Ornament, and Ostentation as a Collection of Pictures, or Drawings. If That is the Only End, I am sure ‘tis not from any Defect in the Nature of the Things themselves.