The Analysis of Beauty by William Hogarth
(The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

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Born 300 years ago in Smithfield, London, William Hogarth established himself as a central figure in 18th-century English culture through his paintings, engravings, and outspoken art criticism. In this edition of Hogarth's "Analysis of Beauty" - a work combining theory with practical advice on painting - Ronald Paulson includes the complete text of the original work; an introduction that places the "Analysis" in the tradition of aesthetic treatises and Hogarth's own "moral" works; extensive annotation of the text and accompanying illustrations; and manuscript passages that Hogarth omitted from the final printed version. In the development of English aesthetics, the "Analysis of Beauty" takes a position of significance. Hogarth's stature in his own time suggests the importance of his attempt to systematise and theorize his own artistic practice. What he proposes is an aesthetics of the middle range, subordinating both the beautiful and the sublime to the everyday world of human choice and contingency - essentially the world of Hogarth's own "modern moral subjects".

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Ronald Paulson is professor of English at John Hopkins University. He is both a major authority on Henry Fielding and one of the world's leading scholars of eighteenth-century literary and artistic culture. His recent books include "The Beautiful, Novel and Strange: Aesthetics and Heterodoxy "(!995) and "Don Quixote in England: The Aesthetics of Laughter" (1998).
Published August 1, 1971 by Scolar Press. 188 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As Uglow points out, ""any fool could tell a pious tale, but true `morals' were inseparable from mores, the way people lived in their wild and glorious and dirty detail."" It is this detail that Uglow brings to her portrait of the caustic, naive, vain, witty, generous Hogarth, and to his equally ...

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