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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


Page 153

AN ALY SIS of B EAU TY.                   153 
gently flowing, than thofe that compofe the Apollo, 
fo mut her movements be in like proportion. 
And here it may not be improper to take notice of 
a mifchief that attends copied adions on the flage; they 
are often confin'd to certain fets and numbers, which 
being repeated, and growing flale to the audience, be- 
come at laft fubjea to mimickry and ridicule, which 
would hardly be the cafe, if an a6tor were poffeft of 
fuch general principles as include a knowledge of the 
effeds of all the movements that the body is capable of. 
The comedian, whofe bufinefs it is to imitate the 
a~tions belonging to particular charaters in nature, may 
alfo find his account in the knowledge of lines; for 
whatever he copies from the life, by thefe principles may 
be flrengthened, altered, and adjufred as his judgment 
fhall dire&, and the part the author has given him flaU 
require. 
FINIS. 


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