William Hogarth

Karen Junod

in ‘Writing the Lives of Painters’

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199597000
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725357 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

William Hogarth

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This chapter discusses several biographies of William Hogarth, and explores the nature and function of literary anecdotes in the construction and promotion of the artist's individual and artistic personality. More precisely, this section discusses the spatial qualities of certain anecdotes contained in John Nichols's Biographical Anecdotes of William Hogarth. It argues that literary anecdotes are the most pictorial and visually effective passages of Nichols's biographical account, and thus function as verbal and textual counterparts to Hogarth's pictures. These brief stories represent biographical images in words and contribute to elaborating an image of Hogarth as an artist that is highly reminiscent of his own portraits of characters.

Keywords: William Hogarth; Nichols; Biographical Anecdotes; anecdote; spatial; pictorial; image; character

Chapter.  10556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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