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Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste
(1753)

Chap. II: of variety,   pp. 16-17


Page 16

ANALYSIS of BEAUTY. 
Thefe feeming faults, which fhew the fuperior ana- 
tomical knowledge as well as judgment of the ancients, 
are not to be found in the leaden imitations of it near 
Hyde-park. Thefe faturnine genius's imagin'd they 
knew how to corre6L fuch apparent difproportions. 
Thefe few examples may be fufficient to give an idea 
of what I mean, (and would have underifood) by the 
beauty of fitnefs, or propriety. 
CHAP. II. 
Of  1ARIE7-r. 
Ho w great a fhare variety has in producing beauty 
may be feen in the ornamental part of nature. 
The fhapes and colours of plants, flowers, leaves, the 
paintings in butterflies wings, fhells, &c. feem of little 
other intended ufe, than that of entertaining the eye 
with the pleafure of variety. 
All the fenfes delight in it, and equally are averfe to 
famenefs. The ear is as much offended with one even 
continued note, as the eye is with being fix'd to a point, 
or to the view of a dead wall. 
Yet when the eye is glutted with a fuccefflon of va- 
riety, it finds relief in a certain degree of famenefs ; and 
even plain fpace becomes agreeable, and properly intro- 
duced, and contrafted with variety, adds to it more 
variety. 
I mean 


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