Tag Archives: William Hogarth

play it again sam

From Samuel Johnson. What a great writer.From The Vanity of Human Wishes, The Tenth Satire of Juvenal, Imitated. The first section: Let observation with extensive view, Survey mankind, from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, And … Continue reading

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palladio no palladian

Was Palladio a Palladian? The “Palladian style” was celebrated throughout the Western world, yet the Master’s own works fit few of the formulas… It is an odd thesis to assert that Andrea Palladio is unknown. If any architect has achieved … Continue reading

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andre francois: enjoying imperfection

Andre Francois was an exuberant satirist and prankster; unpredictable with witty insight and the clarity of high art… Whether art is good or bad has nothing to do with whether it is satiric or solemn. History has shown a long … Continue reading

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high on the hog: boastful splendiferous types

…Of what there is no doubt is that this life was wasteful, extravagant, ostentatious- an appalling contrast, as Dr. Samuel Johnson noted, to the human wretchedness of rural or urban slums; yet it was saved both by its humanity and … Continue reading

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between the raindrops

Padding the wallet. Balzac – Behind every great fortune lies a crime.┬áBehind every great fortune is a crime. Or perhaps a multiple series of crimes, a chain actions leading toward some altar of infinite power. The translation of Balzac’s original … Continue reading

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titles and territory

In 1711, young Thomas Pelham-Holles, aged eighteen, succeeded his relative the Duke of Newcastle in estates ( although not in title) and became the possessor of thousands of acres in a dozen counties in England, enjoying a rent-roll of more … Continue reading

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the other sides of midnight

Sin City. The moral cautionary tales as a somewhat more narrative and less complex representation than say Bruegel or Bosch though there is more sophistication than the often caricaturial elements would imply; misunderstood, ┬áthese, over time become trivialized until they … Continue reading

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the great estates: country life

The noble houses of eighteenth-century England… …The great age of building came to France in the sixteenth century, the time when many of the fabulous chateaux of the Loire were built, creating a tradition of palatial architecture which, modified and … Continue reading

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trump these for size

The noble houses of eighteenth-century England. By 1750 the Western world had captured a vast commerce unequaled in human history. The riches derived from it, enabled men of property, the merchant class, to live in a sophisticated luxury previously enjoyed … Continue reading

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lap of luxury

Let them eat falafel. It’s a lot of money. But Arafat had big bucks too. All this smoke signals and noises about statehood from the Palestinian Authority could just be hot air used as a pretext for money. Blackmail. Or, … Continue reading

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