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Time Smoking A Picture

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Hogarth produced this complaint against connoisseurs who cherished time-darkened, obscured Old Masters paintings over modern work. Father Time sits on a fragment of classical sculpture aging the surface of a painting whose frame bears a Greek adage: “For time is not a great artist, but weakens all he touches.” Not surprisingly, Hogarth issued this etching as a subscription ticket for the engraving of one of his own paintings.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1761
materials
etching and mezzotint
dimensions
8-1/2 x 6-3/4 in. (image)
11-5/8 x 9-1/2 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.1022
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors