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A sculpture yard filled with copies of Greek and Roman sculptures, together with contemporary people and objects. Engraving by William Hogarth, 1753.

Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Date
March 5th 1753
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Description

Based on the sculpture yard of Henry Cheere (1709-1787) at Hyde Park Corner, London. Around the central images are diagrams relating to Hogarth's aesthetic treatise, The analysis of beauty, London, 1753. Hogarth conflated all the visual illustrations to his argument into two large plates (the other one being Wellcome Library no. 38384i). Coiled around a cone is a serpentine line which was fundamental to Hogarth's ideal. The simple S line is revealed to exist throughout art but deriving ultimately fron nature. The beauty of a curved line is contrasted with the stiffness of a wooden leg. The straightbacked dancing master is awkwardly posed next to the contrapposto of the statue of Antinous. Among the statues in the yard are the Laocoön, the Apollo Belvedere and the Farnese Hercules. In the left foreground, a large placard contains images of three flayed legs - the central design copied from William Cowper (1660-1709), while on the right a man holds open a book with illustrations derived from theories of proportion proposed by Albrecht Dürer

Publication/Creation

[London] : Wm. Hogarth, March 5th 1753.

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 36.5 x 48.5 cm.

Lettering

Analysis of beauty. plate 1. Designed, engraved and published by Wm. Hogarth. March 5th 1753, according to act of parliament.

Edition

Paulson state III.

Publications note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, no. 195
British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, vol. 3, no. 3217
The artist's model: its role in British art from Lely to Etty, exhibition catalogue by I. Bignamini and M. Postle, Nottingham, 1991, no. 37

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 38383i

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