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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. VI: of quantity,   pp. 29-37


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30            ANALYSIS of BEAUTY. 
The Fagade of the old Louvre at Paris is alfo re- 
markable for its quantity. This fragment is allow'd to 
be the ihneft piece of building in France, tho' there are 
many equal, if not fuperior, to it in all other refpeas, 
except that of quantity. 
Who does not feel a pleafure when he pictures in his 
mind the immenfe buildings which once adorn'd the 
lower Egypt, by imagining the whole complete, and 
ornamented with coloffal ftatues ? 
Elephants and whales pleafe us with their unwieldy 
greatnefs. Even large perfonages, merely for being fo, 
command refpecd : nay, quantity is an addition to the 
perfon which often fupplies a deficiency in his figure. 
The robes of flate are always made large and full, 
becaufe they give a grandeur of appearance, fuitable to 
the offices of the greateft diflindion. The judge's robes 
have an awful dignity given them by the quantity of 
their contents, and when the train is held up, there is 
a noble waving line defcending from the fhoulders of 
the judge to the hand of his train-bearer. So when the 
train is gently thrown afide, it generally falls into a great 
variety of folds, which again employ-the eye, and fix 
its attention. 
The grandeur of the Eaftern drefs, which fo far fur- 
paffes the European, depends as much on quantity as on 
cofllinefs. 
In a word, it is quantity which adds greatnefs to grace. 
But then excefs is to be avoided, or quantity will become 
clumfy, heavy, or ridiculous.                  The 


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