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I could easily fill this Tumblr with Hogarth engravings: so many of them are overflowing with narrative and brimming with sarcasm. I find them a great delight! The Company of Undertakers by William Hogarth (1697-1764) was issued in 1736. This early print is likely from the original engraving and is reproduced here courtesy of McMaster University Library. The people portrayed in this image are doctors and “quacks,” labelled “undertakers” based on the too-often result of their ministrations to those people suffering from illness. At the time this satirical illustration was created, the word “undertaker” carried the weight of several meanings (according to the Oxford English Dictionary), all reinforcing the irony of using it as a label for these “physicks” and doctors: “One who aids or assists; a helper.” “One who engages in the serious study of a subject or science.” “One who acts as security or surety for another.” as well as the funeral arranger.
To see more on doctors, the practice of medicine, and funerals, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

I could easily fill this Tumblr with Hogarth engravings: so many of them are overflowing with narrative and brimming with sarcasm. I find them a great delight! The Company of Undertakers by William Hogarth (1697-1764) was issued in 1736. This early print is likely from the original engraving and is reproduced here courtesy of McMaster University Library. The people portrayed in this image are doctors and “quacks,” labelled “undertakers” based on the too-often result of their ministrations to those people suffering from illness. At the time this satirical illustration was created, the word “undertaker” carried the weight of several meanings (according to the Oxford English Dictionary), all reinforcing the irony of using it as a label for these “physicks” and doctors: “One who aids or assists; a helper.” “One who engages in the serious study of a subject or science.” “One who acts as security or surety for another.” as well as the funeral arranger.

To see more on doctors, the practice of medicine, and funerals, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

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William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, Written with a View of Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas of Taste (London, 1753). I think the subtitle is crucial to understanding this book [did he FAIL at that goal, or what?!]. The enormous fold-out plate proved difficult to include in the camera frame, so some of the fine detail is lost. I especially enjoy the attempt to prove the exceptional beauty of the excessively corsetted female form in the bottom left series of panels (note my especial sarcasm, please).
For more on beauty and aesthetics, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, Written with a View of Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas of Taste (London, 1753). I think the subtitle is crucial to understanding this book [did he FAIL at that goal, or what?!]. The enormous fold-out plate proved difficult to include in the camera frame, so some of the fine detail is lost. I especially enjoy the attempt to prove the exceptional beauty of the excessively corsetted female form in the bottom left series of panels (note my especial sarcasm, please).

For more on beauty and aesthetics, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

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