Posts tagged engravings
Posts tagged engravings
A detail (!) from a plate that I’m using for the cover of the autumn issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (26.1). This book is enormous in page length and in physical size: Dennis De Coetlogon, An Universal History of Arts and Sciences; Or, A Comprehensive Illustration, Definition, and Description of All Sciences, Divine and Human; and of All Arts, Liberal and Mechanical (London: J. Hart, 1745), vol. 1. I had to stand on tiptoe to photograph this engraving, and even then I had to take 4 photos to cover the entire illustration. This engraving purports to show people practising all of the branches of science (and the arts!): included in this slice are anatomy (A, near the skeleton on the left), medicine (B, in the middle, one-third down from the top), and chemistry (N, bottom left).
Read more about science in the 18th century in the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, which are free to read on the Digital Commons archive:
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:
People of the 18th-century leisure class knew how to entertain themselves. Painting offered hours of “heureusement,” for both the artist and the sitters. An evening filled with musical diversions was typical following supper in a wealthy household. Looks like the painter in the top image has a critic leaning over his shoulder (an early version of a troll?), and the woman at the harpsichord has a rather ardent fan leaning on her chair (let’s hope he’s just reading the sheet music so he can sing along).
To learn more about leisure time in the 18th century, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
And remember to submit your manuscript for consideration, for “The Senses of Humour”; call for articles here
The 1790 edition of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe includes the original novel in volume 1, lushly illustrated by Thomas Stothard (engr. Thomas Medland), and adds the sequel as a bonus in volume 2. The story of The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe provides just as many great plot points for illustration.
To read more about Robinson Crusoe, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, free to read on the journal’s archive:
Ever wonder what these authors from the long eighteenth century looked like? Some publishers used author portraits to face title pages, as current publishers do with author photos on the jacket or back cover.
For more on the personalities behind these portraits, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles: