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Ravenet & Picot after Hogarth - 1772 Engraving, The Pool of Bethesda



A fine copperplate engraving by Simon François Ravenet and Victor Marie Picot after William Hogarth, depicting a biblical scene 'The Pool of Bethesda', an original painting by Hogarth for St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Ravenet worked with Hogarth on his 'Marriage a la Mode' engravings, before being commissioned by John and Josiah Boydell for their edition of Hogarth's collected works in 1772. Inscribed to the lower edge 'Engraved from the Original Picture Painted by William Hogarth Esq. on the Staircase in St Bartholomew's Hospital. Published Feb 24th 1772 by John Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, London'. Unsigned dated and inscribed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age, with some surface discolouration and staining. Water damage and surface dirt to the upper right corner and right hand side, with small losses to upper right corner. Top plate line has been trimmed away but all others remain.


39.4 x 53.2cm (15.5" x 20.9")
Sheet: 42.4 x 58.7cm (16.7" x 23.1")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is extremely delighted to present this expansive collection of engravings by and after the greatest image-maker of the 18th Century, William Hogarth (1697-1764). Many of the works are by Thomas Cook, who published them in his 1806 'Hogarth Restored', while others are from the original plates acquired by the publisher John Boydell in 1789, and the later Heath edition of 1822.

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Artist Biography

William Hogarth FRSA (1697-1765) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ranges from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures termed "modern moral subjects". He is perhaps best known for his series 'A Harlot's Progress', 'A Rake's Progress' and 'Marriage A-la-Mode'. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive and influential that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".

Born in London to a lower-middle-class family, Hogarth first took up an apprenticeship with a silver engraver, and later set up his own studio, primarily working in copper. His father underwent periods of mixed fortune, and was at one time imprisoned in lieu of outstanding debts, an event that is thought to have informed William's paintings and prints with a hard edge.

Perhaps most poignantly, the words of Charles Lamb encapsulate the work of Hogarth, as he described his images to be books, filled with "the teeming, fruitful, suggestive meaning of words. Other pictures we look at; his pictures we read."

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Code pu235
Artist Ravenet & Picot after Hogarth
Date 1772
Dimensions 39.4 x 53.2cm
Framed No
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Religious
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