|| Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse
|| William Hogarth
|| 1758 (reprinted c. 1822)
|| Etching and engraving
|| The Charles Deering McCormick Library of
Special Collections, Northwestern University
Seated in front of an easel, Hogarth imagines himself as
history painter (strikingly not as satirical print-maker)
representing the comic muse, referring to artistic inspiration.
The literary counterpart to the muse is Hogarth's own text
- the Analysis - which rests against the leg of the
easel. Through this deliberate placement, Hogarth reiterates
his goal that the Analysis and its two illustrated
plates (unfolded within the book's cover) be practical guides
for artistic production.