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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. XV: of the face,   pp. 122-134


Page 133

-ANALYSIS of BEAUTY.                          i33 
born infant, full as large, as in a man of fix foot; nay,  Fig.,,o 
B.p. 2. 
fometimes larger, fee fig. *, and t.                  Fig.14 
In infancy the faces of boys and girls have no vifible 
difference, but as they grow up the features of the boy 
get the flart, and grow fafier in proportion to the ring 
of the eye, than thofe of the girl, which fhews the dif- 
tindion of the fex in the face. Boys who have larger 
features than ordinary, in proportion to the rings of their 
eyes, are what we call manly-featured children; as thofe 
who have the contrary, look more childifh and younger 
than they really are. It is this proportion of the fea- 
tures with the eyes, that makes women, when they are 
dreffed in mens-cloaths, look fo young and boyifh: but 
as nature doth not always flick clofe to thefe particulars 
we may be miftaken both in fexes and ages. 
By thefe obvious appearances, and the differences of 
the whole fize, we eafily judge of ages till twenty, but 
not with fuch certainty afterwards; for the alterations 
from that age are of a different kind, fubje& to other 
changes by growing fatter or leaner, which it is well 
known, often give a different turn to the look of the 
perfon, with regard to his age. 
The hair of the head, which encompaffes a face as a 
frame doth a pidure, and contrafis with its uniform 
colour, the variegated inclofed compofition, adding 
more or lefs beauty thereto, according as it is difpofed 
by the rules of art, is another indication of advanced 
age. 
What 


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