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- Object: Frontis-piss.
Copy after Hogarth's design for a frontispiece to a pamphlet against the Hutchinsonians; a witch sitting on top of a crescent moon, pissing a cascade onto the rocks far below, on which lies a bound copy of 'Hutchin', and drowning a group of rats, some of which are gnawing at a bound copy of 'Newton' and a telescope. c.1794
- Production date
Height: 159 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 100 millimetres (cropped)
- Curator's comments
- Based on the print by François Morellon de la Cave after Hogarth, c. 1763. This plate is used as an illustration to Samuel Ireland, 'Graphic Illustrations of Hogarth' (1794), Vol. 1, opposite p. 175, with slightly different lettering in the copy in the British Museum (pressmark Nn.4.10). Ireland writes that Hogarth made the design for a pamphlet against the Hutchinsonians by Dr Gregory Sharp, Master of the Temple, though Paulson speculates that this may be a confusion with Thomas Sharp, Archdeacon of Northumberland, who published tracts attacking Hutchinson in the 1750s.
As explained by Paulson, the design refers the Hutchinsonians' interest in Newton's 'thin circulating fluid' and his work on gravity, combined here to striking effect; the Hutchinsonians had attacked Newton's emphasis on matter, arguing instead for 'glory over gravity'.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Graphic Illustrations of Hogarth
- Acquisition date
- 1827 (before)
- Acquisition notes
- See comment on S,2.1.
- Prints and Drawings
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