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

Chap. XV: of the face,   pp. 122-134

Page 132

132              ANALYSIS of          BEAUTY. 
3dly and laftly, I mhall hew in what manner the lines 
of the face alter from infancy upwards, and fpecify the 
different ages. We are now to pay moft attention to 
fimp/ici y, as the difference of ages we are about to fpeak 
of, turn chiefly upon the ufe made of this principle in 
a greater or lefs degree, in the form of the lines. 
From infancy till the body has done growing, the 
contents both of the body and the face, and every part 
of their furface, are daily changing into more variety, 
till they obtain a certain medium (fee page 78 on pro- 
. rl.,'3 portion) from  which medium, as fig. *, if we return 
A. P. Z. 
back to infancy, we fmall fee the variety decreafing, till 
by degrees that fimplicity in the form, which gave va- 
riety its due limits, deviates into famenefs; fo that all 
the parts of the face may be circumnfcribed in feveral 
I Fig. 116 circles, as fig. t. 
p..     But there is another very extraordinary circumfiance, 
(perhaps never taken notice of before in this light) 
which nature hath given us to diftinguifh one age from 
another by; which is, that tho' every feature grows 
larger and longer, till the whole perfon has done grow- 
ing, the fight of the eye frill keeps its original fize; I 
mean the pupil, with its iris or ring; for the diameter 
of this circle continues fill the fame, and fo becomes a 
fixt meafure by which we, as it were, infenfibly com- 
pare the daily perceiv'd growings of the other parts of 
the face, and thereby determine a young perfon's age. 
You may fometimes find this part of the eye in a new- 

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