Bringing Home the Intoxicated Husband
The Downright Ingenious Sketch
published herewith supposedly for the First Time
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). A Night Scene. The guard bringing home the intoxicated husband, awaited before the fireside by the weeping wife and her maid. Engraving in outline by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinx. / T. Cook sculp. / From an Original Sketch communicated by Messrs. Boydell. / Published by Longman … et Orme, Oct. 1st. 1809. Subject size 5¼ × 7¾ in (13.2 × 19.8 cm).
The downright ingenious sketch published herewith supposedly for the first time. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark whose edges are slightly foxed.
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 as he then also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg.
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