William Hogarth (1697-1764) - 1822 Engraving, Mr Garrick, Richard the Third
DescriptionA very fine copper plate engraving by William Hogarth and Charles Grignion (1721–1810), from the 1822 Heath edition of 'The Works of William Hogarth from the Original Plates, Restored by James Heath Esq'. 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 Shakespearean during the eighteenth century and the organiser of the first Shakespeare jubilee festival. With crisp lines and wonderful depth. Inscribed to the lower edge 'Publish'd according to Act of Parliament June 20th 1746, Shakespeare Act 5, Scene 7'. 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.
37.3 x 49.3cm (14.7" x 19.4")Sheet: 45.6 x 56.3cm (18" x 22.2") Plate: 41.7 x 52.3cm (16.4" x 20.6")
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||William Hogarth (1697-1764)|
|Dimensions||37.3 x 49.3cm|
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