How to Burlesque a Burlesquer

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This chapter analyses a caricature, produced in 1753 by the watercolourist PaulSandby entitled Burlesque sur le Burlesque. This caricature attacks the painterWilliam Hogarth, in particular, his recently published aesthetic treatise, TheAnalysis of Beauty, and his stance in the English Academic debates of the1750s – a series of events in which English artists debated whether or not theyshould migrate from private artistic academies to publicly funded and hierarchicallyorganised arts academies on the continental model. The chapterexplores the way in which Sandby targets his object, and through iconographicalanalysis, demonstrates how caricature operates visually as a literal puzzlethat forefronts certain criticisms, and veil others.


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