The second revised edition of this classic book integrates text and pictures more clearly than in previous editions. Further illustrations have been added to include more colour diagrams and examples of current work done by students in recent years. The revisions were made by the author's widow, a lecturer in art.
Maurice De Sausmarez, who died in 1969, was Head of Department of Fine Art in the University of Leeds and, later Principal of the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London. His own work is known and collected internationally.