Hogarth's Works; With Life and Anecdotal Descriptions of His Pictures Volume 1

Hogarth's Works; With Life and Anecdotal Descriptions of His Pictures Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... "Cibber's brainless brothers." The sculptor was Mr. Cibber's father. Betty Careless," which he has chalked upon a board, to be "Craz'd with care, and cross'd by hopeless love." He is absorbed in thought, and his whole soul so engrossed by the charms of his Dulcinea, that neither the discordant sounds of the fiddler, whose trembling strings "Grate harshly on the nerve auricular," nor the roar of the pope, who is furiously denouncing destruction on all heretics, nor the ear-piercing noise of a barking cur, can awake him from his reverie. A crazy tailor and a mimic monarch complete this congregation of calamity. Two women, impelled by a most unaccountable curiosity, are walking in the background. Devoid of that delicacy which gives beauty new attractions, they forget that an eagerness to witness woe which they cannot alleviate, gives strong indication of an hardened and unfeeling heart. The halfpenny stuck against a wall, and dated 1763, was inserted by Mr. Hogarth the year before his death, and is designed to intimate that Britannia was then mad. This is one of the few instances wherein he has called in the aid of allegory, but his allegory was always seasoned with wit. Of the expression I have already spoken. The disposition of the figures is good. That group in which the usurper of St. Peter's chair is the principal object, is well contrived. There is great simplicity and breadth in the background, and the light and perspective are judicious. "Protract not, curious ears, the mournful tale; But o'er the hapless group low drop Compassion's veil." The eight prints of the "Rake's Progress," with "Southwark Fair," were advertised in the London Daily Postto be delivered June 25th, 1735, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603915
  • 9781236603913