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The Eighteenth Century in English Caricature   By: (1859-1940)

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THE LANGHAM SERIES AN ILLUSTRATED COLLECTION OF ART MONOGRAPHS

EDITED BY SELWYN BRINTON, M.A.

THE LANGHAM SERIES OF ART MONOGRAPHS

EDITED BY SELWYN BRINTON, M.A.

Vol. I. BARTOLOZZI AND HIS PUPILS IN ENGLAND. By SELWYN BRINTON, M.A.

Vol. II. COLOUR PRINTS OF JAPAN. By EDWARD F. STRANGE, Assistant Keeper in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Vol. III. THE ILLUSTRATORS OF MONTMARTRE. By FRANK L. EMANUEL.

Vol. IV. AUGUSTE RODIN. By RUDOLF DIRCKS, Author of "Verisimilitudes," "The Libretto," &c.

Vol. V. VENICE AS AN ART CITY. By ALBERT ZACHER.

Vol. VI. LONDON AS AN ART CITY. By Mrs. STEUART ERSKINE, Author of "Lady Diana Beauclerk," &c.

Vol. VII. NUREMBERG. By H. UHDE BERNAYS.

Vol. VIII. THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY IN ENGLISH CARICATURE. By SELWYN BRINTON, M.A., Author of "Bartolozzi and his Pupils in England," &c.

In Preparation ROME AS AN ART CITY AND ITALIAN ARCHITECTURE

These volumes will be artistically presented and profusely illustrated, both with colour plates and photogravures, and neatly bound in art canvas. 1 s . 6 d . net, or in leather, 2 s . 6 d . net.

=RECRUITS. By H. W. Bunbury.=

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY IN ENGLISH CARICATURE

BY

SELWYN BRINTON, M.A., Author of "BARTOLOZZI AND HIS PUPILS IN ENGLAND," ETC.

A. SIEGLE

2 LANGHAM PLACE, LONDON, W. 1904

To Friends beyond the Seas this Study Of a Common Heritage in English Art

All rights reserved

CONTENTS Page

I. INTRODUCTORY 1

II. THE COMEDY OF VICE 8

III. THE COMEDY OF SOCIETY 29

IV. THE COMEDY OF POLITICS 54

V. THE COMEDY OF LIFE 74

ILLUSTRATIONS

RECRUITS. By Henry William Bunbury Frontispiece

SHRIMPERS (Tail piece). By Thomas Rowlandson Page 7

MORNING. By William Hogarth Facing page 10

THE DISTREST POET. By William Hogarth " 12

MARRIAGE À LA MODE. By William Hogarth " 20

THE FAMILY PIECE. By H. W. Bunbury " 42

A FASHIONABLE SALUTATION. By H. W. Bunbury " 48

LUMPS OF PUDDING. By H. W. Bunbury Page 53

BRITANNIA BETWEEN DEATH AND THE DOCTORS. By James Gillray Facing page 64

ARMED HEROES. By James Gillray " 66

BUONAPARTE AS KING MAKER. By James Gillray " 68

NELSON RECRUITING WITH HIS BRAVE TARS AFTER THE BATTLE OF THE NILE. By Thomas Rowlandson " 82

FILIAL AFFECTION(Colour print). By Thomas Rowlandson " 86

A BALL AT THE HACKNEY ASSEMBLY ROOMS. By Thomas Rowlandson " 90

A THEATRICAL CANDIDATE. By Thomas Rowlandson " 92

OLD JOSEPH NOLLEKENS AND HIS VENUS. By Thomas Rowlandson " 94

I

INTRODUCTORY

The word Caricature does not lend itself easily to precise definition. Etymologically it connects itself with the Italian caricare , to load or charge, thus corresponding precisely in derivation with its French equivalent Charge ; and save a yet earlier reference in Sir Thomas Browne it first appears, as far as I am aware, in that phrase of No. 537 of the Spectator , "Those burlesque pictures which the Italians call caracaturas ."

Putting the dry bones of etymology from our thought the essence, the life blood of the thing itself, is surely this the human creature's amusement with itself and its environment, and its expression of that amusement through the medium of the plastic arts. So that our caracatura , our burlesque picture of life, stands on the same basis as comedy or satire, is, in fact, but comedy or satire finding its outlet in another form of expression... Continue reading book >>




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