Never Draw Caricature, Hogarth’s Advice to a Lady! (Post No.6272)

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Date: 16 April 2019

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Post No. 6272

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Painting and Drawing Anecdotes

The great moral satirist, Hogarth, was once drawing in a room where many of his friends were assembled, and among them a young lady. As she stood by Hogarth, she expressed a wish to learn to draw caricature.
“Alas! Young lady, said Hogarth, it is not a faculty to be envied. Take my advice, never draw caricature — by the long practice of it I have lost the enjoyment of beauty. I never see a face but distorted. I have never the satisfaction of to behold the human face divine.”

William Hogarth



William Hogarth FRSA was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. Wikipedia

Born10 November 1697, London

Died26 October 1764, London


SeriesA Harlot’s ProgressBeer Street and Gin LaneMORE

Place of burialSt Nicholas’ Church, LondonSt. Nicholas’s Churchyard, London

Known forPaintingEngravingSatire


Lord’s Commandments – Abraham Licoln

Abraham Lincoln was shown a picture done by a very indifferent hand, and asked to give a opinion of it.
Why? said Lincoln, the painter is a very good painter and observes the Lord’s commandments
What do you mean by that, Mr Lincoln?
Why I think, answered Lincoln, that he hath not made to himself the likeness of anything that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the waters under the earth.


Nature is creeping up

On one occasion a woman said to Whistler,
I just came up from the country this morning along the Thames and there was an exquisite haze in the atmosphere which reminded me so much of your little things. It was really a perfect series of Whistlers.
“Yes, Madame, Whistler responded gravely,
Nature is creeping up.”

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

American artist


James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. Wikipedia

Born11 July 1834, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

Died17 July 1903, London

PeriodsModern artImpressionismRealismSymbolismAestheticismTonalismJaponism


What is Art?

Degas stopped to look at each canvas, and presently gave a little exclamation of disgust.
“To think, he remarked, that not one of these fellows has ever gone so far to ask himself what art is all about!”

“Well, what is all about? “Countered the critic.
“I have spent my whole life trying to find out . If I knew I should have done something about it long ago”.

Thank God, I don’t know my style!

Ambroise Vollard once told Degas of a painter who had come to him, exclaiming,
“At last I have found my true style!”

“Well, said Degas, I am glad I have not found my style yet. I would be bored to death.”

Edgar Degas

French artist


Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. Regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist.Wikipedia

Born19 July 1834, Paris, France

Died27 September 1917, Paris, France

PeriodsImpressionismModern artRealismNeoclassicism

Full nameHilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas
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Picasso’s Poverty (Post No 3148)

Pablo Picasso Postage Stamp

CZECHLOVOKIA – CIRCA 1972: A postage stamp printed in Czechlovokia showing Pablo Picasso, circa 1972

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Post No.3148

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At one time Pablo Picasso was so poor that he had Max Jacob occupied the same bed in turns. Jacob, who besides being a cultivated poet, was an impoverished novelty shop clerk, slept at night while Picasso worked. When Jacob got up in the morning to let Picasso go to bed, the floor would be carpeted with drawings, which Jacob had to walk on and from which his foot prints later had to be cleaned by art experts, since every early Picasso fragment eventually became so valuable that it could be sold.




Hogarth, the celebrated engraver, died, as he had for the greater part of his life lived, in the greatest poverty. Within a few days of his dissolution, bailiffs were sent to seize the bed on which he lay, for a small debt which he was unable to discharge.

“Spare me”, said the expiring artist, “my bed for a little while – only I can find another in the grave”.






A New York firm applied to Abraham Lincoln , some years before he was President, for information as to the financial standing of one of his neighbours. Here was the answer:

“Yours of the 10th received. First of all he has a wife and baby; together they ought to be worth 500,000 dollars, to any man. Secondly, he has an office in which there is a table worth 1-50 dollars and three chairs worth, say 1-00 dollar. Last of all, there is in one corner a large rat hole, which will bear looking into.”