Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste
Chap. XI: of proportion, pp. 67-92
92 ANALYSIS of BEAUTY. which rate, I am perfuaded, my reader will now con- ceive to have been entirely owing to the perfedt know- ledge the ancients muft have had of the ufe of the pre- cife ferpentine-line. But this caufe of elegance not having been fince fuf- ficiently underftood, no wonder fuch effets fhould have appear'd myfterious, and have drawn mankind into a fort of religious efteem, and even bigotry, to the works of antiquity. Nor have there been wanting of artful people, who have made good profit of thofe whofe unbounded ad- miration hath run them into enthufiafm. Nay there are, I believe, fome who frill carry on a comfortable trade in fuch originals as havc btcn fo defaced and maimed by time, that it would be impoflible, without a pair of double-ground connoiffeur-fpe&acles, to fee whether they have ever been good or bad: they deal alfo ia cook'd-up copies, which they are very apt to put off for originals. And whoever dares be bold enough to dete6t fuch impofitions, finds himfelf immediately branded, and given out as one of low ideas, ignorant of the true fublime, felf-conceited, envious, &c. But as there are a great part of mankind that delight mofi in what they leaft underfland; for ought I know, the emolument may be equal between the bubler and the bubled: at leaft this feems to have been Butler's opinion: Doubtlefs the pleafure is as great In being cheated, as to cheat. C H A P.
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