Satire on False Perspective

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Satire on False Perspective
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Luke Sullivan after Hogarth

Satire on False Perspective.

London Baldwin Craddock and Joy 1822

Copper engraving



This satire on the poor drawing of perspective was designed by Hogarth to serve as the frontispiece to his friend Joshua Kirby’s book Dr. Brook Taylor’s Method of Perspective made Easy, Both in Theory and Practice, published in 1754. Hogarth’s idea was to caricature the absurd visual situations that could be brought about by using false perspective. It was also said that Hogarth intended to ridicule Edward Walpole, who was learning to draw without being taught perspective. Paulson 232 II/II.