LAYING OUT OBJECTS ON THE PAGE is a demanding exercise, and means, among others things, the balance of images, texts, captions, to the best effect - where appropriate avoided visual clutter, making silent responses across the surface and in the process entertaining the reader. Here are some examples from my teaching that can be used as exercises for study.

 

TOP ROW

 

01 Gerard Hoffnung, from Ho Ho Hoffnung , 1959..


02 Bartolomeo Scappi, Opera... Dell'Arte del Cucinare , Venice 1610, the classic book about food and cookery, originally issued in three parts with woodcuts.

03"Chrysler Corporation warrants every part", an advertising image, 1963
   

04 Antonio Maria Valsalva, De Aure Humana Tractatus ,Bologna 1794, an edition of the classic work on the anatomy of the ear with 10 engraved plates.

 

 

MIDDLE

 

01 Athanasius Kircher, illustration to Magnes, his treatise on Magnetism, and an odd collection of disparate elements - map, objects, sheet music, diagram and illusions. Published in Cologne in 1643.,

02 "Just some of the many things a BELL telephone man needs for installing telephones", Western Electric advert May 1952, 22 x 24cms.

03 A patriotic Broadside Ballad c1830 25 X 19cms. Printed in Colchester at Skelt's by the firm of Skelt's.

 


BOTTOM

 

01 FFFRDG, Les Ruses Innocents, De Sercy, Paris 1688, plates demonstrating aspects of angling.

 

02 Owen Jones, plate of Egyptian decoration from Grammar of Ornament , 1856, chromolithographs, and part of an attempt to publish a collected edition of ornamentation from world cultures. Typical of Jones' techniques of arranging different sized objects on a page.


03 Giovanni Tagliente, Lo presente libro insegna la verra arte delo excellente scrivere de diverse varie sorti de litere ,Venice 1527, a handbook on calligraphy for the diplomatic community of Venice. The engravings are cut by Eustachio Celebrino, and a more ingenious arrangement of the elements of writing could not be imagined - a perfect symmetry with hidden dynamic elements.




 

 

OTHER EXAMPLES

THREE MARTYRS (from Matthias Tanner, Prague 1675)
SHELLS (from Linnaeus 1758)
SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS
SPECIMENS (from Linnaeus, 1766-8)
TOYS Bavaria 1930
TOYS Nuremburg c1877
SHOEMAKER'S TOOLS (Prussia 1875)
COTSWOLD GAMES (from Capt.Robert Dover, London 1660)
MINERAL SPECIMENS from his own collecxtion, Philip Rashleigh, published in London 1797-1802
MUSHROOMS from J.V.Krumbholz, Naturgetreue Abbiukldungen und Beschreibungen, Prage, 1831 in 10 parts.
FRUIT ON THE PAGE, POMONA BRITANNICA
FITTINGS FOR MODEL SHIPS, HAMLEY BROTHERS C1875 25 X 38 CMS