Dr Tom Bentley.
Etching, 340 x 220mm. Trimmed inside platemark.
A caricature of Thomas Bentley LLD (1693 - 1742), classical scholar, probably on his grand tour 1725-6. He was nephew of Richard Bentley, master of Trinity College. After Pierleone Ghezzi (1674 - 1755), caricaturist and etcher who worked in Rome. It was used by Hogarth for his plate 'Characters and Caricaturas' to exemplify the difference (as Hogarth saw it) between the caricature of Ghezzi, Leonardo et al, and his own delineation of character.
BM: 1873,0712.643. See Martin Myrone & Tim Batchelor, 'Rude Britannia: British Comic Art'; Bindman: Hogarth and his Times; Hake:80
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