Thomas Cook after Hogarth - 1802 Engraving, Hudibras: Plates 1 & 2
DescriptionTwo fine copperplate engravings on the same plate by Thomas Cook (1744-1818) after William Hogarth. Includes both the 'Frontispiece and its Explanation' and 'Hudibras his passing worth, The manner how he fally'd forth', both relating to Hudibras, a poem by Samuel Butler. Inscribed to the lower edge 'Published December 1st 1801, by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row London'. On watermarked wove dated '1802'. Unsigned dated and inscribed.
In very good condition overall, especially for a picture of this age. Some light discolouration, and foxing around the edges. Small loss to the upper edge near the plate line. With plate lines.
22.4 x 33.3cm (8.8" x 13.1")Sheet: 55.8 x 41.1cm (22" x 16.2") Plate: 53.8 x 35.9cm (21.2" x 14.1")
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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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."
|Artist||Thomas Cook after Hogarth|
|Dimensions||22.4 x 33.3cm|
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