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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. 
for want of knowing what they were about, have feem'd 
to bow with wry necks. The low folemn bow to ma- 
jefly fhould have but a very little twiflt, if any, as more 
becoming gravity and fubmiffion. The clownifh nod 
ih a fudden firaight line is quite the reverfe of thefe 
fpoken of. 
The moft elegant and refpe&ful curtefy hath a gentle, 
or finall degree of the above graceful bowing of the 
head as the perfon finks, and rifes, and retreats. If it 
fhould be faid, that a fine curtefy confiffs in no more 
than in being ered in perfon at the time of finking and 
riing; Madam Catherine in clock-work, or the dancing 
bears led about the  -  r_ a- -     -wmuft be allow'd 
to make as good a curtefy as any body. 
N. B. It is neceffary in bowing and curtefying to 
hun an exa& famenefs at all times; for however grace- 
ful it may be on fome occafions, at other times it may 
feem formal and improper. Shakefpear feems to have 
meant the above fpoken of ornamental manner of bow- 
ing, in Enobarbus's defcription of Cleopatra's waiting- 
women .----- 
------ And made their bends adornings.      A& 2. 
3. Of Dancing. The minuet is allowed by the 
dancing-mafters themfelves to be the perfedion of all 
dancing. I once heard an eminent dancing-mafter fay, 
that the minuet had been the fludy of his whole life, 
and that he had been indefatigable in the purfuit of its 
beauties, yet at laft he could only fay with Socrates, he 
knew 


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