A Text-Book on the History of Painting

by John Charles Van Dyke


John Charles Van Dyke is primarily known for being an art critic and historian, but he had many interests, as he was also a nature writer and intrigued by the law. Van Dyke was admitted to the bar in New York in 1877, but instead he worked as a librarian from 1878 at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In 1891, he was appointed to the professor of art history.

Van Dyke was a prolific writer and penned numerous works, including, How to Judge a Picture (1888), Nature for its Own Sake (1898), and Studies in Pictures (1907), The Grand Canyon of the Colorado (1920). His autobiography was found in a New Jersey farmhouse and posthumously published in 1993.