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“ Belongs  to  the  Ensemble  of  the  Beggar’s  Opera ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Enraged Musician. The Italian violinist enraged about the many itinerant traders acting in front of his window. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by W. Hogarth / Engraved by T. Cook / Published August 1st. 1797 by G. G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, London., title as above. 14⅛ × 16¼ in (35.9 × 41.3 cm).

William Hogarth, Enraged Musician

One  of  the  most  delicious  Hogarth  sujets

with the violinist at the window and all the damned London cries before, yet otherwise

“ reducing the stylistic quarrel between Handel and the Beggar’s Opera, for the ‘serious musician’, bothered by the barkers, here belongs to the ensemble of the Beggar’s Opera ”

(FAZ Sept. 26, 1978 along with ills.; see also that of the Hogarth catalog Zurich, 1983, no. 41). So the poster at the window then bills the 62nd performance of Gay’s famous piece and calls the cast for Macheath (Mr. Tom Walker), Polly (Miss Lavinia Fenton), and Peachum (Mr. John Hippisley). And quite fittingly below a lady rocking a baby sings The Ladies Fall. Otherwise united “the loveliest of the so-called London cries … : a dustman … behind him a fisherman offers his flounders … for sale … a beauty from the country calls out her milk in the sharpest treble … Besides a scissors-grinder whets the broad chopper of a butcher … ” (Lichtenberg). But also the postilion knows to make himself heard.

However, irrespective of the deterring treble imputed to her by Lichtenberg and dominating the group by poise as well as line of sight out of the picture at the beholder

“ … the elegant figure of a young woman with a pail of milk on her head (is) another example of Hogarth’s ideal of beauty, ‘the blooming young girl of fifteen’, who is to be preferred to ‘the stony features of a venus’ ”

(David Bindham, Hogarth and his Times, no. 71).

Present sujet besides together with the slightly modified second state of 1740 of The Distrest Poet as well as a though announced, yet not engraved scene from the life of a painter intended to become one of a series.

Marvelous  impression  of  finest  chiroscuro

on strong paper. Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format he maintained contrary to all later Hogarth editions in his first, earlier edition. For some sheets not published by Hogarth himself Cook became their first engraver, just as he also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg.

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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own engraving. Inscribed: Design’d, Engrav’d & Publish’d by Wm. Hogarth Novbr. the 30th. 1741. According to Act of Parliament, title as above. 14⅜ × 16 in (36.4 × 40.8 cm).

William Hogarth, Enraged Musician

Nagler 25. – Impression on especially buff paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII [1888], 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).

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William Hogarth, Enraged Musician (Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 47 , title as above. 7¾ × 9 in (19.8 × 22.8 cm).

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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there, friend of Gottfried August Bürger’s [“Bürger’s ‘Münchhausen’ became the last German chapbook”, Laaths, {History of World Literature}, 1953]). Inscribed: 47. / W. Hogarth inv. , title as above. 7⅝ × 11½ in (19.3 × 29.2 cm).

William Hogarth, Enraged Musician (Riepenhausen)

RIEPENHAUSEN’S  ENGRAVINGS  AFTER  HOGARTH ( “very estimable”, Nagler ) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings. – Here in an impression about 1820 on slightly toned minor paper. – Dog’s ear in the wide white margin below right.

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William Hogarth, Enraged Musician (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but in an impression about 1850 on especially buff paper. – Minimal trace by scraping in the sky on the left of the steeple of the background.

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(Mr. J. R. L., January 6, 2006)