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Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste

Chap. XVII: of action,   pp. 138-153

Page 143

and that although time in movement is reduced to cer- 
tain rules for dancing, it is left more at large and at 
difcretion for deportment. 
We come now to offer an odd, but perhaps effica- 
cious method of acquiring a habit of moving in the lines 
of grace and beauty. 
i. Let any one chalk the line fig. *, on a flat furface, * Fig-,9 
beginning at either end, and he will move his hand and 
arm in a beautiful direction, but if he chalks the fame 
fort of line on an ogee-moulding of a foot or two in 
breadth, as the dotted line on figure t, his hand muff tFig.!20 
move in that more beautiful diredion, which is diftin- 
guifhed by the name of grace; and according to the 
quantity given to thofe lines, greatnefs will be added to 
grace, and the movement will be more or lefs noble. 
Gentle movements of this fort thus underftood, may 
.be made at any time and any where, which by frequent 
repetitions will become fo familiar to the parts fo exer- 
cifed, that on proper occafion they make them as it 
were of their own accord. 
The pleafing effect of this manner of moving the 
hand, is feen when a fnuff-box, or fan is prefented 
gracefully or genteely to a lady, both in the hand mov- 
ing forward and in its return, but care muft be taken 
that the line of movement be but gentle, as No. 3. 
fig. +9, plate i, and not too S-like and twirling, as 
No. 7 in the fame figure: which excefs would be af- 
f$,cded and ridiculous. 

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