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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.
For more on doctors, the practice of medicine, and funerals, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
Last Rites, Last Rights: Corporeal Abjection as Autobiographical Performance in Suzanne Curchod Necker’s Des inhumations précipitées (1790)Author: Sonja Boon
The Body Inside the Skin: The Medical Model of Character in the Eighteenth-Century NovelAuthor: Juliet McMaster
Conversion, Seduction, and Medicine in Smollett’s Ferdinand Count FathomAuthor: John McAllister
Biography as Autopsy in William Godwin’s Memoirs of the Author of ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’Author: Angela Monsam

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.

For more on doctors, the practice of medicine, and funerals, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:

Last Rites, Last Rights: Corporeal Abjection as Autobiographical Performance in Suzanne Curchod Necker’s Des inhumations précipitées (1790)
Author: Sonja Boon

The Body Inside the Skin: The Medical Model of Character in the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Author: Juliet McMaster

Conversion, Seduction, and Medicine in Smollett’s Ferdinand Count Fathom
Author: John McAllister

Biography as Autopsy in William Godwin’s Memoirs of the Author of ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’
Author: Angela Monsam

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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, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
Picturing the Thing Itself, or Not: Defoe, Painting, Prose Fiction, and the Arts of DescribingAuthor: Maximillian E. Novak
Picturing ‘Samuel Richardson’: Francis Hayman and the Intersections of Word and ImageAuthor: Janet E. Aikins
Letters of Recommendation and False Vizors: Physiognomy in the Novels of Henry FieldingAuthor: Graeme Tytler
Fielding’s Amelia and the Aesthetics of VirtueAuthor: Alison Conway
Erotic Interiors in Joseph Addison’s ImaginationAuthor: Kathleen Lubey
Women, Comedy, and A Simple StoryAuthor: Hye-Soo Lee
Visiting Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole’s Gothic HistoriographyAuthor: Sean R. Silver
Staging Readers ReadingAuthor: William Beatty Warner

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, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:

Picturing the Thing Itself, or Not: Defoe, Painting, Prose Fiction, and the Arts of Describing
Author: Maximillian E. Novak

Picturing ‘Samuel Richardson’: Francis Hayman and the Intersections of Word and Image
Author: Janet E. Aikins

Letters of Recommendation and False Vizors: Physiognomy in the Novels of Henry Fielding
Author: Graeme Tytler

Fielding’s Amelia and the Aesthetics of Virtue
Author: Alison Conway

Erotic Interiors in Joseph Addison’s Imagination
Author: Kathleen Lubey

Women, Comedy, and A Simple Story
Author: Hye-Soo Lee

Visiting Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole’s Gothic Historiography
Author: Sean R. Silver

Staging Readers Reading
Author: William Beatty Warner

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