Hogarth's Aesthetics

Columbus Breaking the Egg

Title Columbus Breaking the Egg
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1752 (reprinted c. 1822)
Medium Etching
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

In this print, which functioned as a receipt for subscribers to the Analysis, Hogarth depicts himself as the Columbus of aesthetic theory. Hogarth's discovery is represented by the serpentine lines of beauty of the eels on Columbus' plate.


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