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William Hogarth (1697-1764) - 1822 Engraving, Moses Brought to Pharaohs Daughter



A very fine copper plate engraving by William Hogarth and Luke Sullivan (1705-1771), from the 1822 Heath edition of 'The Works of William Hogarth from the Original Plates, Restored by James Heath Esq'. Hogarth depicts his painting in the Foundling Museum, London, where the figure of Pharaoh's daughter personifies the mission of the Foundling Hospital in a figure of Charity. This biblical scene was used to refer to charity and adoption in Hogarth's day. With crisp lines and wonderful depth. Inscribed to the lower edge 'Published as the Act directs Feb 5th 1752'. Unsigned and inscribed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and water staining to the upper right corner. With plate lines.


36.8 x 49.6cm (14.5" x 19.5")
Sheet: 45.6 x 57.7cm (18" x 22.7")
Plate: 42 x 52.1cm (16.5" x 20.5")

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 pu170
Artist William Hogarth (1697-1764)
Date 1822
Dimensions 36.8 x 49.6cm
Framed No
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Classical
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