HOGARTH, William. The Analysis of Beauty. Written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste. And, Rules for drawing caricaturas: with An essay on comic painting by Francis Grose. [iii]-vii, , xxx,  34-240, 24 pp. With 7 leaves of plates, of which 2 are triple-page and folding. 8vo., 203 x 130 mm, bound in contemporary English straight-grained tan calf, marbled endpapers, red speckled edges. London: Printed for Samuel Bagster, .
Third Edition of Hogarth's great Analysis of Beauty, "a remarkable book, probably the most original work of art theory composed by an artist" (Lindsay). Herein Hogarth flatly denies the validity of an academic type of art teaching, attacks copying and the cult of idealized form, and exalts nature in all her complex variety. This edition includes the plates in full-size (they were reduced in the second edition) and the complete text of the original edition. The book contains a chapter on colour in which Hogarth described a systematic palette laid out in 'scales' of 'original colours'. Among many other things this work had an important influence on mid-18th century landscape gardening( see Oxford Companion to Gardens). Volume rebacked, front endpaper loose, lacking half-title, else, a fine copy with the two all-important large folding plates illustrating Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty in art.
PROVENANCE: Richard Strachey of Ashwick Grove with his armorial bookplate.
Vinet 79. Lowndes III, 1082. See Lindsay, Hogarth: His Art and His World, pp. 167-185, and Paulson, Hogarth: His Life, His Art, and Times, pp. 153-187 and Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Work, plates 195 & 196.
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