line of beauty

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William Hogarth, The Painter and his Pug (1745), with “The LINE of BEAUTY” bottom-left.


line of beauty (plural lines of beauty)

  1. (fine arts) An abstract line supposed to be beautiful in itself and absolutely; differently represented by different authors, often as a kind of elongated S (like the one drawn by Hogarth).

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for line of beauty in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)