Volltext: A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art

and Art. 
civilifed races of mankind, we firft become acquainted with their hiitory 
when they had already reached a conficlerable degree of refinement; and 
even at that period of their progreis, our knowledge is alm0R 00I1511Bd Y0 
their religious, and to their more feverely hiftorical,  such 
is efpecially the cafe with Egypt, the hittory of which country, as repre- 
fented by its monuments of art, carries us back to the remoteil ages of 
antiquity. Egyptian art generally prefents itfelf in a fombre and mafiive 
chara6ter, with little of gaiety or joviality in its deligns or forms. Yet, as 
Sir Gardner WVilkinfon has remarked in his valuable Work on the 
"Manners and Cufioms of the Ancient Egyptians," the early Egyptian 
artiits cannot always conceal their natural tendency to the humorous, 
which creeps out in a variety of little incidents. Thus, in a feries of 
grave hiitorical pictures on one of the great monuments at Thebes, we 
tind a reprefentation of a wine party, where the company confifts of both 
lexes, and which evidently {hows that the ladies were not reflrieted in the 
ufe of the juice of the grape in their entertainments; and, as he adds, "the 
painters, in illuflrating this fact, have fometirnes facrificed their gallantry 
to a love of caricature." Among the females, evidently of rank, repre- 
fented in this fcene, "fome call the fervants to fupport them as they fit, 
others with difficulty prevent themfelves from falling on thofe behind 
them ,


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