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William Hogarth - Tristram Shandy

Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/06/2013
Reproductions commentées des deux oeuvres de la série "Tristram Shandy" du graveur anglais William Hogarth.


William Hogarth - Tristram Shandy I

Tristram Shandy I (HD download)

For this popular Work of his Friend Laurence Sterne, Hogarth furnished two Frontispieces; one in 1759, for the Second Volume; the other in 1761, for the Fourth.

The first of these is taken from the Chapter in which Corporal Trim is represented reading a Sermon to Tristram's Father, Uncle Toby, and Dr. Slop, the latter of whom is fallen asleep, and who is thus pourtrayed by Sterne: "Imagine to yourself a little, squat, uncourtly figure of a Doctor Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipidality of belly which might have done honour to a Serjeant in the Horseguards. Such were the outlines of Dr. Slop's figure, which if you have read Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty, and if you have not, I wish you would — you must know may as certainly be caricatured, and conveyed to the mind by three strokes as three hundred. —Imagine such a one, —for such I say, were the outlines of Dr. Slop's figure."

This figure, thus ludicrously described by Sterne, was intended for Dr. John Burton, a Physician of great eminence at York, well known as an able and industrious Antiquary, and also as a sturdy Jacobite.

The second Frontispiece represents the Christening, as humourously described in the Fourteenth Chapter of the Fourth Volume of Tristram Shandy.


William Hogarth - Tristram Shandy II

Pour citer cette ressource :

"William Hogarth - Tristram Shandy", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 14/11/2018. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/arts/peinture/william-hogarth-tristram-shandy