There is one other image of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the tag instruction, artists, designers, curving line, alphabet, books, letters, handwriting.

See more objects with the color darkgrey dimgrey darkolivegreen darkslategrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

-0001

2014

2019

  • You found it!

Book Illustration, Liber artificiosus alphabeti maioris, oder, Neu inventirtes Kunst- Schreib- und Zeichenbuch; plate 37, 1782–85

This is a Book Illustration. It was illustrated by Johann Merken and engraved by Heinrich H. Coentgen and printed by Johann Conrad Eyrich. It is dated 1782–85. Its medium is engraving on paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

This plate, depicting a portrait artist at work surrounded by an array of curvilinear designs, alphabets, and emblems, is from a remarkable example of 18th-century ornamental typography. The book's 56 plates, illustrated by Merken and engraved by Coentgen, consist of elaborately drawn alphabets and instructions for making ink, making silhouettes, constructing sundials, basic penmanship, drafting, insect collection, and drawing. Its contents also include writing styles, portraits, monograms, calendars, fanciful geometric and architectural figures, emblems, and genealogical tables.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 23.2 × 73 cm (9 1/8 × 28 3/4 in.)

This object has no known Copyright restrictions.

You are welcome to use this image in compliance with our terms of use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68777355/ |title=Book Illustration, Liber artificiosus alphabeti maioris, oder, Neu inventirtes Kunst- Schreib- und Zeichenbuch; plate 37, 1782–85 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=21 March 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>