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William Hogarth, Pool of Bethesda (Cook)

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Pool of Bethesda. The curative pool at Jerusalem’s Sheep’s Gate, visited by the sick and healthy with Jesus as Good Samaritan in the centre. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Willm. Hogarth Pinxit / T. Cook sculpt. / Engraved from the Original Picture; Painted by William Hogarth Esqur. / on the Stair Case in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. / Published Augt. 1st. 1802 by G & J. Robinson Paternoster-Row, London. …, otherwise as above. 19½ × 22 in (46.9 × 55.8 cm).

The fine pendant to The Good Samaritan on the stair case there, too. – The additionally illustrated caption (a sick taken to the hospital and welcomed by matron and physician, 5.8 cm, as separately published as Ticket of the London Hospital). – Trimmed on platemark. The upper platemark with backed tears. Verso light foxing, but practically without traces on the front except for a narrow stripe along the fold along the lower edge of the picture. – Cook “also made his mark as Hogarth engraver” (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.

Offer no. 15,252 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 675.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Pool of Bethesda

– – – The same. Engraving by Simon François Ravenet (Paris 1706/21 – London 1774) + Victor Marie Picot (Monthières 1744 – Amiens 1802). Inscribed: Willm. Hogarth pinxit. / John Boydell excudit. / Ravenet & Picot sculpserunt / Engraved from the Original Picture; Painted by William Hogarth Esqr. / on the Stair Case in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. / Size of the Picture 13F„8I by 20F„3I in Length. / Published Febry. 24th. 1772 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London. / Vol II No. 57. / St. John Chap: V., otherwise as above. 19⅛ × 22¼ in (48.5 × 56.4 cm).

Nagler, Ravenet (“one of the most excellent artists of his time”), 29 + Picot, 2. – Harmonic impression on 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”]). – Top edge trimmed to platemark.

Offer no. 15,256 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 561.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Pool of Bethesda (Cook small)

– – The same. Cook’s smaller version. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Sepr. 1st. 1807. Subject size 5½ × 6⅝ in (14 × 16.9 cm).

Of splendid plastic chiaroscuro. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark. This weakly foxing in the outer margin of three sides. – Without the scenery within the text field.

Offer no. 15,257 / EUR  190. (c. US$ 229.) + shipping


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