Measure and design in American painting, 1760-1860
Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century series
First published in 1977. The purpose of this study is to locate the sources for the American style of painting characterised by measure and design - the representation of the specific and familiar according to principles of pictorial order.
The reader shall see that there were a variety of conventions available to the artist and that his selection of one or another of them depended upon pragmatic, philosophical, and aesthetic considerations.