Precision  Worker  in  Gold  or  Hogarth’s  Card

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Hogarth’s (business) Card. Above two designs for the London goldsmiths William Hardy & Ellis Gamble, the latter quite different to his further one for this of the same time. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: T. Cook Sculp. / Published by Longman Hurst Rees & Orme Paternoster Row March 1st 1808. / Hogarth del. Subject size 6¾ × 5⅝ in (17 × 14.4 cm).

William Hogarth, Hogarth's (business) Card

1. W. Hogarth Engraver at ye: Golden Ball ye: Corner of Cranbone Alley little New=port Street Aprill ye: 29 1720. Ornamentally lined by 2 genii as supposedly allegory of creativity in the foliage garland at the upper ledge, joined by a female head on both sides each. Below on the left looking up a young woman with unicorn, on the right an old man with slate, probably representing History.

2. Willm Hardy Goldsmith and Jeweller in Ratcliff highway near Sun Tavern Fields Sells all sorts of Gold and Silver Plate etc. Rich upper ledge with winged heraldic animal, on both the far sides little boy & girl, below right peasant woman with basket.

3. Ellis. Gamble. Complex with a woman’s head above & below an oval with crossed paws. The upper head in the center of a board of plants carried by two male half figures, the lower one lined by ornaments. Quite different from the sheet worked at the same time for his master per Cook item 15,309 here.

Three of those early Hogarth attempts during his activity at just Mr. Ellis Gamble, the original prints of which John Trusler rated as extremely scarce already in 1827, at the same time by their early creative quality as unrivaled. And an impression of present sheet, for whatever reason, shall have been “sold for the enormous sum of twenty-five pounds”.

Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker); present sujets, however, he has treated supposedly for the first time only in the small edition of the years 1806/09 following his folio edition. – Irrespective of the very delicate impression of the signature line the image itself of perfectly fine print quality. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark and in its far edges on two sides quite feebly and at top a little more brown-touched.

Offer no. 15,310 / EUR  118. (c. US$ 129.) + shipping

„ die (Ridinger-)Graphiken (Th. 9-12 per 28.885) sind unversehrt … angekommen, herzlichen Dank. Es sind wundervolle Arbeiten, wir sind sehr begeistert … “

(Herr R. G., 30. Dezember 2009)