William Hogarth (1697-1764) - Engraving, Mr Garrick, Richard the Third
DescriptionA very fine original 1746 copper plate engraving from William Hogarth and Charles Grignion (1721–1810). Hogarth depicts his close friend, the actor David Garrick, as Richard III waking from a vision of the ghosts of those he murdered to attain the throne. Based on a 1745 painting that currently hangs at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. This wonderful print displays Garrick's dynamic ability to bring Shakespeare to life for his contemporaries, Garrick was a major Shakespearian during the eighteenth century and the organiser of the first Shakespeare jubilee festival. With crisp lines and wonderful detail. Inscribed with the date of publication 'according to Act of Parliament June 20th 1746'. Signed in plate. On laid paper.
The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and foxing. 1cm tear to the lower edge, and a closed 2cm tear. Plate line is clearly visible. Considering the age of this particular piece, the condition is very fine.
38.8 x 50cm (15.3" x 19.7")Sheet: 45.6 x 54.4cm (18" x 21.4")
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Hogarth was born in London in 1697, and was the son of a schoolmaster and writer. Hogarth secured an apprenticeship to a goldsmith and he began to produce his own engraved designs in about 1710. He later took up an interest in oil painting, starting with small conversation pieces, progressing to a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints. During the 1730s Hogarth also developed into an original painter of life-sized portraits, and created the first of several history paintings in the grand manner.
|Artist||William Hogarth (1697–1764)|
|Dimensions||38.8 x 50cm|
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