An image of Time smoking a picture

William Hogarth

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

Time smoking a picture

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.

Year
1761
Media
Print
Medium
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