Time Smoking a Picture

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and mezzotint
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (image) 11 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.1022
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.
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