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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. XIV: of colouring,   pp. 113-122


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AN ALS IS of        B E A U TY. 
i. It is well known, the fair young girl, the brown 
old man, and the negro; nay, all mankind, have the 
fame appearance, and are alike difagreeable to the eye, 
when the upper (kin is taken away: now to conceal fo 
difagreeable an obje&, and to produce that variety of 
complexions feen in the world, nature hath contrived a 
tranfparent (kin, called the cuticula, with a lining to it 
of a very extraordinary kind, called the cutis; both 
which are fo thin any little fcald will make them blifter 
and peel off. Thefe adhering ikins are more or lefs 
tranfparent in fome parts of the body than in others, 
and likewife different in different perfons. The cuti- 
cula alone is like gold-beaters-fkin, a little wet, but 
fomewhat thinner, efpecially in fair young people, 
which would fhew the fat, lean, and all the blood- 
veffels, juft as they lie under it, as through Ifinglafs, 
were it not for its lining the cutis, which is fo curioufly 
confiruded, as to exhibit thofe things beneath it which 
are neceffary to life and motion, in pleafing arangements 
and difpofitions of beauty. 
The cutis is compofed of tender threads like net- 
work, fill'd with different colour'd juices. The white 
juice ferves to make the very fair complexion; --yellow, 
makes the brunnet; ---- brownifh yellow, the ruddy 
brown; --- green yellow, the olive; --- dark brown, the 
mulatto; -- black, the negro; --Thefe different colour'd 
juices, together with the different wafles of the network, 
and the fize of its threads in this or that part, cautes the 
variety of complexions.                            A 


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