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with  the  Execution  of  Sentence

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Bambridge on Trial for Murder by a Committee of the House of Commons. The turnkey Bambridge of the debtor’s prison in the Fleet

in  the  hearing  on  the  spot .

Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Engraved by T. Cook from an Original Painting by Wm. Hogarth in the Possession of Mr. Ray. / Published June 1st. 1803, by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, London., otherwise as above. 17⅜ × 21⅞ in (44.2 × 55.5 cm).

Highly  instructive  for  the  imprisonment  of  the  time ,

created by Hogarth 1729 instantaneously, yet not published in print as he as a beginner did not find a publisher.

Cook’s  version  present  here

therefore  supposedly  the  earliest  representation  in  print

and  included  in  the  complete  edition  of  Hogarth’s  works .

Here in the impression 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 Meyer’s 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”]) on buff paper. – Minimal foxing spots in three margins.

William Hogarth, Bambridge on Trial for Murder (Cook)

“ The committee in a room of the prison which obviously served for maltreatment of the detainees. There hangs an iron hook whereupon the prisoners were bound hanging in mid-air, further a chain to lock them at the wall. The president shows an instrument of torture that proves his guilt … laterally a debtor’s prisoner kneels before the secretary … and shows him the way he was tortured … ”

Offer no. 15,268 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Bambridge on Trial for Murder (steel engraving)

– – – The same in steel engraving. C. 1850. Inscribed: Der Gefangenenwärter Bambridge im Verhör vor dem Ausschuß des Unterhauses. 5¼ × 6⅝ in (13.5 × 16.8 cm).

Offer no. 15,269 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping


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