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Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh


Vanity Fair

William Thackery


Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)


Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller


Anecdotes

by William Hogarth

Excerpt:

76 Columbus breaking the Egg.

77 Simon Lord Lovat.

78 Finis, or the End of Time.

79 Hudibras . .

80 Ditto .

81 Ditto .

82 Ditto .

83 Ditto .

84 Ditto .

85 Ditto .

86 Ditto

87 Ditto .

88 Ditto .

89 Ditto .

90 Ditto

91 The Pool of Bethesda.

92 The Good Samaritan.

93 Portrait of Martin Folkes, Esq.

94 Sarcho at a Feast, starved by his Physician.

95 Character and Caricature.

96 Time smoking a Picture.

97 The Beggar's Opera burlesqued.

98 A just View of the British Stage.

99 Paul before Felix.

100 The Bench.

101 Portrait of Sarah Malcolm.

102 The Lottery.

103 Frontispiece to the Farmer's Return from London.

104 Battle of the Pictures.

105 Company of Undertakers.

106 The Lecture.

107 Henry VIIL and Anna Bullen.

108 Examination of Bambridge.

109 A Woman swearing a Bastard Child.

110 Portrait of Bishop Hoadly. ♦ Hi False Perspective.

XII.

HO GAR TH^TttS TOR ED.

A COMPLETE EDITION

OF THE

WORKS

OF THAT MUCH ADMIRED ARTIST

WILLIAM HOGARTH.

BY THOMAS COOK, Engraver.

ADDRESS TO THE SUBSCRIBERS,

ACCOMPANIED WITH ANECDOTES OF MR. HOGARTH, AND EXPLANATORY DESCRIPTIONS OF HIS DESIGNS.

TT has long been a subject of regret among connoisseurs in the imitative arts, and the admirers of genuine humour, character, and genius, that the early and valuable impressions of Hogarth's productions are no longer to be procured, but at a most immoderate expence. It must be admitted^ indeed, that a variety of editions have, from time to time, been ushered into the world on reasonable terms; but they have either been miserably executed and printed, or, from their diminutive size, have been unworthy of public patronage.

From the publication of Hogarth's large first impressions, to the introduction of Ireland's (or rather

B

Truster's) Miniatures, the intermediate editions have wanted those masterly touches of character, those inimitable traits of humour, which may better be conceived than described, and which that great artist only was capable of furnishing. Hence some of the subjects which are still sanctioned with the name of Hogarth as the designer, are become insipid, tame, and uninteresting; and, instead of adorning the superb cabinets of taste and opulence, are hardly worthy of admission into the parlour of a common inn.

Induced by these considerations, and anxious to restore this prodigy of humour to the exalted rank of fame which he once so deservedly held, and from which he has gradually and imperceptibly fallen, by the schemes of mercenary and ignorant artists, the engraver has given a correct, elegant, and finished edition of all his Works, in the style and manner they were first exhibited to an admiring world; with some general observations on the painter's talents as an artist, accompanied with memoirs of his life, and descriptions of all the plates.

It is well observed by Mr. Walpole (now Earl of Orford), that " if ever an author wanted a comment" ary, that none of his beauties might be lost, it is " Hogarth; not from being obscure, but for the use " of foreigners, and from a multiplicity of little in" cidents, not essential to, but always heightening " the principal action; such is the spider's web ex" tended over the poor's box in a parish church."

The same noble author remarks, with the most pointed discrimination, that " the Flemish painters, " as writers of farces, and editors of burlesque nature, " are the Tom Broztmes of the mob; and in their " attempts at humour, when they intend to make " us laugh, make us sick; that Hogarth resembles " Butler — amidst all his pleasantry, observes the " true end of comedy, reformation, and has always " a moral."


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