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    The Artist At Work Gallery 1 - Part 2

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      William Hogarth London, 1697–1764 *William Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse*, 1758 Etching and engraving Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2002.2846 William Hogarth’s depiction of himself painting a muse (traditionally thought to be Thalia, the muse of comedy) sees him dressed in simple work clothes, highlighting his role as an industrious artist. Hogarth turns away from the viewer, concentrating on his painting as he grips his palette and brushes in his left hand and a palette knife in his right. For all his manual labor, Hogarth is also an intellectual; leaning against the leg of his easel is his 1753 book *The Analysis of Beauty*—with its first plate folded out—in which he presented his aesthetic theories. Hogarth famously argued that the most beautiful line is a serpentine (S-shaped) one, visible here in the arms of his chair.