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An image of Time smoking a picture by William Hogarth

William Hogarth

(England 10 Nov 1697 – 25 or 26 October 1764)

Title
Time smoking a picture
Year
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
Accession number
8658
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (2)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1952, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Mar 1953–24 May 1953

18th and 19th century prints and drawings from the University's collection, War Memorial Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, 28 Mar 2001–11 May 2001