Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 417–37.

William Hogarth: Painter, Engraver, and Philosopher. Essays on the Man, the Work, and the Time. 3—A Long Ladder, and Hard to Climb  [3/9]

[George A H Sala]


Essay, Biography, Serial


Museums, Collecting, Monstrosities, Instruments

Institutions mentioned:

British Museum , Royal College of Surgeons—Hunterian Museum , South Kensington Museum

    Compares 'our magnificent museums in Great Russell Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields and Brompton' with the 'queer, almost silly things, exhibited' in the 1720s. The 'rarities [...] set down with a ponderous, simple-minded solemnity' in a 'Royal Society catalogue' of the time include 'a dog without a mouth; [...] a bird of paradise' and 'a burning-glass contrived by that excellent philosopher and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton'. (424)


Sala 1866

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