Analysis of Beauty, Pl. 2
Engraving, platemark 395 x 500mm (15¼ x 19¾"). Trimmed to plate.
Group of figures dancing, its purpose being to illustrate Hogarth's theories about the movement and shape of the body. The couple on the left (which in the final state had the male face changed to a likeness of the future George III) represents ideal grace and fluidity of line, while the others are rigid and angular. With numerous small diagrams surrounding, including references to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Henry VIII (as a statue in a niche), Van Dyck's portrait of the Duchess of Wharton, Carracci's painting of the Samaritan Woman, and the statue of Edward VI at Bridewell. One of 'Two Explanatory Prints, serious and comical engraved on large Copper-Plates, fit to frame for Furniture' which accompanied William Hogarth's theoretical treatise 'The Analysis of Beauty'.
Paulson 195 ii/iii.
[Ref: 38525] £220.00