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Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764
After William Hogarth, 1697–1764

Tail Piece, or the Bathos

Etching with line engraving
Sheet: 12 3/8 × 13 1/4 inches (31.4 × 33.7 cm), Plate: , Image:

Lettered upper center; 'TAIL PIECE"; lettered lower left: "Design'd and Engrav'd by Wm. Hogarth. | The Conic Form in w'ch the Goddess of | Beauty was worship'd by the Ancients | at Paphos in y'e Island of Cyrpus. | See the Medals struck when | a Roman Emperor visited | the Temple."; lettered lower center: "THE BATHOS, | or Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings, | inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures. † | "Simulacrum Deæ non effigie humana: | continuus orbis lariore initio tenuem in | ambitum, metæ modo; exsurgens et ratio | in obscuro." Tacit: Hift: Lib: 2 | "Venus a Paphiis colitur; coius Simula = | =crum nulli rei magis assimile, quam | albæ Pyramidi" | Maximus Tyrius: Anni: 157 | † See the manner of disgracing y'e, most Se= | =rious Subjects, in many celebrated Old | Pictures; by introducing low, absurd, ab= | =scene & often prophane Circumstances into them."; letter lower right: "Publish'd according to Act of Parliam't March 3'd 1764. | A Copy of the precise line of Beauty, as it | is represented on the 1st explanatory | Plate of thee A=nalysis of Beauty. | Note, the familia=rity of these two | Conic Figures, did not occur to | the Author; till two or three Years- | after his publicati=on on the Analy= | sis, in 1754. | * fig. 26.".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art,Gift of Suzanne and William H. Speaker
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bell | book | broken | caricature | chariot | clouds | corpse | destruction | devil | flying | gallows | horse (animal) | hourglass | jug | moon | palette | pipe | religious and mythological subject | rifle | scroll | scythe | sign | smoking (activity) | tombstone | tree | wings
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