Military Punishment of the Ancient Romans
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Specimens of Beaver’s Military Punishments. 1725. Judge advocate as centerpiece of a four-scenes arrangement on the punishment of indiscipline in the army in ancient Rome. The first picture at the same time with a game of dice scene. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed as above & Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Oct. 1. 1809. Subject size 4⅝ × 9⅛ in (11.8 × 23.3 cm).
Worked for John Beaver’s (“From the happy Revolution Anno XXXVII.”) The Roman Military Punishments of 1825. Himself judge advocate, the author considered his inquiries and observations of modern military penal jurisdiction as incomplete without also looking back at those in antiquity.
Early Hogarth, here in Cook’s representation who “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 slightly brown-touched on three sides, below also a little dirt-stained.
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