William Hogarth (1697-1764) - 1822 Engraving, Paul before Felix
DescriptionA 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'. The scene depicts Hogarth's oil painting of St Paul preaching before the Roman procurator of Judea, Marcus Antonius Felix. Paul stands in chains before Felix in the courts of Caesarea. With crisp lines and wonderful depth from the original plate. Inscribed to the lower edge 'From the Original painting in Lincoln's Inn Hall, painted by W. Hogarth'. 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 and right edge. With plate lines.
37.2 x 49.2cm (14.6" x 19.4")Sheet: 45.5 x 55.6cm (17.9" x 21.9") Plate: 42.2 x 52.1cm (16.6" x 20.5")
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||37.2 x 49.2cm|
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