Sterne and Hogarth in parallel
by A. Torelli, E. Notti

INTRODUCTION
Structure of the hypertext

 


CULTURAL BACKGROUND


John Loche
Changes
Samuel Johnson
A quotation
Biography
Coffee Houses
Händel

 


COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSES


Art
Music
Philosophy
Theatre

 


HOGARTH BIOGRAPHY


Gin Lane and Beer Street
Masquerades and Operas

 


STERNE BIOGRAPHY


Satire

 


WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON


Lines
David Garrick
Analysis of Beauty
Addison
Shaftesbury

  

David Garrick

David Garrick was well on his way to re-inventing the English theatre when he was painted by his friend Hogarth. In order to focus attention on the actor and the action, he was pushing the crowd that Hogarth had enjoyed drawing in the 1730s off the stage and back behind the footlights. In place of stylized artifice, he was parading a new naturalism. Hogarth's engraving of Garrick in the role of Richard III made a big impression on George Vertue. "It may," he wrote, "stand as a piece of reputation being the Invention painting & Engraving of Natives of England this and many other products of Engraving are come to an equal perfection in most particulars to any foreign works of Italy france of Dutchlanders." It was indeed a landmark: a precursor of a whole genre of large and expensive prints of actors in roles from English drama and of the monumental effort by Boydell to exploit Shakespeare in order to construct an English identify and a distinctively English art. Hogarth's picture is, at one and the same time, a full length portrait, a striking exercise in sublime history painting and an attempt to depict fear in the manner of Le Brun. Impressive though it may be, it does not travel well; the performance depicted is too melodramatic for modern taste and it is difficult to know what to do with a print whose claim to merit is that it is a key work in the Hogarthian struggle to incorporate English themes into the traditional sublime

Garrick in the character of Richard III (1746)

 

Notes

www.library.northwestern.edu and www.haleysteele.com
www.haleysteele.com/hogarth/plates/garrick.html