James Basire after William Hogarth – T. Morell S.T.P – S.S.A.
Thomas Morell 1703 – 1804) was a classical scholar and friend of Hogarth’s , who assisted him the correcting of The Analysis of Beauty. Hogarth shows him in the character of a Cynic Philosopher, with an organ behind him, which was his instrument. Morell also wrote libretti for Handel oratorios.
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William Hogarth, (born November 10, 1697, London, England—died October 26, 1764, London). The first great English-born artist to attract admiration abroad. Best known for his MORAL and satirical engravings and paintings—e.g., A Rake’s Progress (eight scenes,1733).
His attempts to build a reputation as a history painter and portraitist, however, met with financial disappointment. His aesthetic theories had more influence in Romantic literature than in painting.