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Action is a sort of language which perhaps, one time or other, may come to be taught by a kind of grammar rules; but, at present, is only got by rote and imitation.

Chapter 17: Action

William Hogarth,1753

The general idea of an action, as well as of an attitude, may be given with a pencil in very few lines.

Chapter 16: Attitude

William Hogarth,1753

Out of the great number of faces that have been formed since the creation of the world, no two have been so exactly alike...

Chapter 15: The Face

William Hogarth,1753

The utmost beauty of coloring depends on the great principle of varying, and on the proper and artful union of that variety.

Chapter 14: Coloring Skin

William Hogarth,1753

Under this head I shall attempt to show what it is that gives the appearance of that hollow or vacant space in which all things move so freely.

Chapter 13: Light, Shadow and Color

William Hogarth,1753

As light must always be supposed, I need only speak of such privations of it as are called shades or shadows

Chapter 12: Light and Shadow

William Hogarth,1753

If anyone should ask, what it is that constitutes a fine proportioned human figure? how ready and seemingly decisive is the common answer...

Chapter 11: Proportion

William Hogarth,1753

I beg the reader's patience while I lead him step by step into the knowledge of what I think the sublime in form, so remarkably displayed in the human body.

Chapter 10: Compositions with the Waving Line

William Hogarth,1753

Simplicity, without variety, is wholly insipid, and at best does only not displease; but when variety is joined to it, then it pleases.

Chapter 4: Simplicity

William Hogarth,1753

Intricacy in form, therefore, I shall define to be that peculiarity in the lines, which compose it, that leads the eye a wanton kind of chase

Chapter 5: Intricacy

William Hogarth,1753

Forms of magnitude, although ill-shaped, will however, on account of their vastness, draw our attention and raise our admiration.

Chapter 6: Quantity

William Hogarth,1753

The straight line and the circular line, together with their different combinations and variations, circumscribe all visible objects.

Chapter 7: Lines

William Hogarth,1753

We will next show how lines may be put together, so as to make pleasing figures or compositions.

Chapter 8: Composition

William Hogarth,1753

There is scarce a room in any house whatever, where one does not see the waving-line employed in some way or other.

Chapter 9: The Waving Line

William Hogarth,1753

In which we learn that symmetry is over-rated and uniformity is boring.

Chapter 3: Uniformity

William Hogarth,1753

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