from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of representing historical subjects by painting; historical painting.
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The upward path to higher genres of painting, with history-painting occupying the peak, was attainable only by improving nature's “imperfections,” “ugliness,” and “dispropor - tions” (words frequently found in idealist theories).
Not contented, however, with the just reputation which he had acquired in his proper department, Hogarth attempted to shine in the highest branch of the art, -- serious history-painting.