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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. XVII: of action,   pp. 138-153


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ANALYSIS of BEAUTY. 
length as may prevent them drawing their chins into 
their necks; which ribbon will always leave the head at 
liberty to move in any diredion but this aukward one 
they are fo apt to fall into. 
But till children arrive at a reafoning age it will be 
difficult by any means to teach them more grace than 
what is natural to every well made child at liberty. 
The grace of the upper parts of the body is moft 
engaging, and fenfible well made people in any fration 
naturally have it in a great degree, therefore rules unlefs 
they are fimple and eafily retain'd and pradifed, are of 
little ufe; nay, rather are of differvice. 
Holding the head ered is but occafionally right, a 
proper recline of it may be as graceful, but true ele- 
gance is moftly feen in the moving it from one pofition 
to another. 
And this may be attain'd by a fenfibility within 
yourfelf, tho' you have not a fight of what you do by 
looking in the glafs, when with your head affifted by 
a fway of the body in order to give it more fcope, you 
endeavour to make that very ferpentine line in the air,, 
which the hands have been before taught to do by the 
help of the ogee-moulding; and I will venture to fay, a 
few careful repetitions at firif fetting out will make this 
movement as eafy to the head as to the hands and arms. 
The moll graceful bow is got by the head's moving 
in this diredion, as it goes downward and rifes up again. 
Some aukward imitators of this elegant way of bowing, 
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