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William Hogarth - Altar-Piece at St. Clement's

Altar-Piece at St. Clement's (HD download)

Speaking of this Print, which represents Angels, very ill drawn, playing on various instruments, Mr. Walpole in one place calls it a "parody," and in another "a burlesque on Kent's Altar-piece." But, if we may believe Hogarth himself, whose explanation accompanies the Print, it is neither, but a very fair and honest representation of a despicable performance. Hogarth's opinion of Mr. Kent as an Architect continued to the last unaltered.

The original Painting, after it was removed from the Church, was for some years one of the ornaments of the Music-room at the Crown and Anchor in the Strand; and was probably lent, for the accommodation of the Music-meeting, by the Churchwardens of St. Clement's. I have frequently seen it in the old Vestry-room of that Parish, where, till the demolition of that building, it appears to have remained from the time of its having been taken down, except as it may have occasionally visited the Crown and Anchor. It is still to be seen in the new-built Vestry.

Mise à jour le 27 juin 2014
Créé le 27 novembre 2012
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues