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Title

Time smoking a picture


Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 1764


About

This is Hogarth's most consciously learned image, using quotations from classical texts to support his challenge to the gentlemanly taste for old and darkened Italian paintings. From the 1730s onwards he railed consistently against the taste for dubious old master paintings authenticated by dealers and 'dark masters'. Time's scythe pierces the canvas, making the point that time is not a beautifier but a destroyer.


Details


Date

1761


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and mezzotint


Dimensions

24.7 x 18.5 cm platemark; 42.5 x 29.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1952


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8658


Artist information

William Hogarth

Works in the collection

28


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history