The Shop Sign of the Goldsmith
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Ellis Gamble Goldsmith, at the Golden Angel in Cranbourn-Street, Leicester-Fields.
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Advertising design in the form of arms with the Golden Angel with palm branch gliding in the clouds above the English-French text field. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T Cook Sculpt. Subject size 8⅛ × 6⅜ in (20.6 × 16.3 cm).
One of those early attempts of Hogarth during his fertile activity at and for just Mr. Ellis Gamble, “The original of (which has) become extremely scarce; and although an early production, and without name or date, has yet established itself in the mind of the most scrupulous connoisseur, as a genuine work of Hogarth”, so John Trusler, at the same time emphasizing the playful easiness of the ornaments and the already here perfectly understood curve, or line of beauty, later illustrated by him in his sensational Analysis of Beauty.
A quite different drawn Gamble design is to be found per Hogarth’s Card together with one design each for the goldsmith William Hardy and himself as gold engraver.
Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker); present sujet, however, he has treated supposedly for the first time only in the small edition of the years 1806/09 following his folio edition. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark and in its far edges slightly brown-touched and with an acid-freely backed tiny tear.
Offer no. 15,309 / EUR 118. (c. US$ 136.) + shipping
“ Hello again! It arrived this morning – everything fine and ready for framing! Thank you for your kind assistance. Best regards ”
(Mr. J. R. L., May 25, 2005)