Hogarth's Aesthetics

Tailpiece, or The Bathos
Title Tailpiece, or The Bathos
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1764 (reprintedc.1822)
Medium Engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Specia Collections, Northwestern University

Inscribed to the "Dealers in dark Pictures, "Hogarth's last print reiterates his thoughts on the contemporary demand for Old Master paintings. In addition, Hogarth represents the relationship of contemporary notions of the "beautiful" and "sublime" by contrasting the waving and winding line of beauty with the discontinuities and jaggedness which compose the notion of the sublime.

 

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