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Archaeological Draughtsmanship: Principles and Practice. Part II: Ends and Means

  • Brian Hope-Taylor

First I have a think, and then I draw a line around my think.' Those words, which were said by a child, offer the key to draughtsmanship. That key is usually lost during the business of growing up, and has to be rediscovered. To regain the clear uninhibited vision of what drawing is really about, the adult as often as not has to rid himself of various irrelevant and confused notions. That done, he can once more draw as naturally as he speaks. Mental attitude is immeasurably more important a matter than the relative merits of this and that method of delivering ink to paper, and must be considered at the outset. The cases of Rapidograph versus Graphos and Hand- Drawn versus Letraset, with all their delicious technicalities, will be heard later.

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We published last year the first in a series of articles on Archaeological Draughtsmanship to be written by Professor Stuart Piggott and Dr Hope-Taylor. The first article was by Professor Piggott and was entitled ‘Principles and Retrospect’ ( ANTIQUITY , 1965, 165). Here is the second article by Dr Hope-Taylor, Lecturer in Archaeology in the University of Cambridge. The third article, also by Dr Hope-Taylor, will first discuss the techniques of drawing for reproduction before turning to the particular problems involved in the drawing of archaeological objects for the illustration of reports. Later articles in this series will deal with the drawing of plans, sections, reconstructions, diagrams and other matters.

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  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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