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Thomas Cook after Hogarth - 1799 Engraving, A Harlot's Progress: Plate IV



A fine copperplate engraving by Thomas Cook (1744-1818) after the famous series 'A Harlot's Progress' by William Hogarth. In this, the fourth plate, the 'harlot' Moll Hackabout beats hemp in Bridewell Prison. Inscribed to the lower edge 'London: Published by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, June 1st 1799'. Unsigned dated and inscribed. On wove.


In very good condition for a picture of this age. Light surface discolouration and a small stain to the lower right. With plate lines.


29.5 x 37.2cm (11.6" x 14.6")
Sheet: 37.9 x 46.3cm (14.9" x 18.2")
Plate: 35.8 x 41.8cm (14.1" x 16.5")

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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 pu196
Artist Thomas Cook after Hogarth
Date 1799
Dimensions 29.5 x 37.2cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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