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Practical Form: Abstraction, Technique, and Beauty in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics

Abigail Zitin


In early eighteenth-century Britain, writers asked after the nature and causes of the pleasure we feel when we encounter beauty. It took a painter, however, to steer the nascent field of philosophical aesthetics toward questions of spatial form. Drawing inspiration from William Hogarth’s 1753 treatise on beauty, this book traces the development of form as a concept in and for aesthetics. Hogarth’s experience as a draftsman and printmaker guided his dissent from the developing consensus on aesthetic pleasure and standards of taste. The immediate cause of aesthetic pleasure, he argues, is beauti ... More

Keywords: Form, Aesthetics, Hogarth, William, Taste, Beauty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300244564
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300244564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Zitin, author
Rutgers University