Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1434283
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I-IOGARTH.iHIS EARLY HISTORY.--HIS SETS OF PICTURES.iTHE HAR- 
       
MODE.-HIS OTHER  ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY, AND THE 
PERSECUTION ARISING OUT OF IT.lHIS PATRONAGE BY LORD BUTE. 
'_CARICATURE OF THE TIMES.iATTACKS TO WHICH I-IE WAS EX- 
POSED BY IT, AND WHICH HASTENED HIS DEATH. 
0N the Ioth of November, 1697, William Hogarth was born in the 
city of London. His father, Richard Hogarth, was a London 
fchoolmafter, who laboured to increafe the income derived from his 
fcholars by compiling books, but with no great fuccefs. From his child- 
hood, as he tells us in his "Anecdotes" of himfelf, the young Hogarth 
difplayed a talte for drawing, and efpecially for caricature; and, out of 
fchool, he appears to have been feldom without a pencil in his hand. 
The limited means of Richard Hogarth compelled him to take the boy 
from fchool at an early age, and bind him apprentice to a Iieel-plate 
engraver. But this occupation proved little to the t:-lite of one whole 
ambition rofe much higher; and when the term of his apprenticelhip had 
expired, he applied himfelf to engraving on copper; and, fetting up on 
his own account, did conliderable amount of work, firft in engraving arms 
and {hop-bills, and afterwards in defiguing and engraving book illuilzrations, 
none of which difplayed any fuperiority over the ordinary run of fuch 
productions. Towards I728 Hogarth began to pradtife as a painter, and 
he fubfequently attended the academy of fir James Thornhill, in Covent 
Garden, where he became acquainted with that painter's only daughter, 
Jane. The refult was a clandeftine marriage in I730, which met the 
difapproval and provoked the anger of the lady's father. Subfequently, 
however, fir James became convinced of the genius of his fon-in-law, and 
a reconciliation was eifeeted through the medium of lady Thornhill. 
At
        

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