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Thomas Cook after Hogarth - 1802 Engraving, The Bench & Sarah Malcolm



Two contrasting copperplate engravings on the same plate by Thomas Cook (1744-1818) after William Hogarth. The upper work is 'The Bench', while the lower portrait depicts Sarah Malcolm, a woman convicted of murder and hanged in 1733. Inscribed to the lower edge 'London: Published by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, April 1st 1802'. Unsigned dated and inscribed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and water damage to the edges. The left hand side has some scattered small tears and creasing. Two small pencil numbers to the right.


42.8 x 20.8cm (16.9" x 8.2")
Sheet: 57.3 x 41.4cm (22.6" x 16.3")
Plate: 43.5 x 22.6cm (17.1" x 8.9")

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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 pu192
Artist Thomas Cook after Hogarth
Date 1802
Dimensions 42.8 x 20.8cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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