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Ticket  for  a  School  Feast

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Ticket for Tiverton School Feast 1740. Imaginatively designed invitation card for the annual dinner of the alumni of the élite school founded in 1604 by Peter Blundell in Devonshire. The founder sitting unassumingly in the foreground beside folios and two pupils, pointing at the suggestive fine group set below a canopy with Minerva in her present character as patroness of also the teachers and pupils, who in her turn points at the diagonally set school building. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinx. / T. Cook sculp. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Octr. 1st. 1809., otherwise as above and below. Subject size 5⅜ × 6¾ in (13.7 × 17.1 cm).

William Hogarth, Ticket for Tiverton School Feast 1740

While the motto of the triumphal arch IN PATRIAM POPULUMQUE FLUXIT alludes to the founder’s liberality radiating up to London, so that of the bow below UTRIUSQUE UNUS ET EX STEMMAT… SURGIT HONOS probably to the school’s structure similar to that of Oxford and Cambridge. Though widely spread due to the occasion these cards proved to be great rarities already 200 years ago. Here then in Cook’s engraving – “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker) –, who has reproduced it 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 quite feebly brown-touched at the far edges of three sides.

Offer no. 15,327 / EUR  118. (c. US$ 136.) + shipping


„ Sehr geehrter Herr Niemeyer, Grüß Gott,

Ihre Graphiksendung ist wohlbehalten angekommen. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut über die Schönheit der Blätter und ihren ausgezeichneten Erhaltungszustand. Vielen herzlichen Dank. Mit diesen Blättern kann ich in den entsprechenden Folgen einige schmerzliche Lücken schließen … Nachdem ich Kassensturz gemacht habe, der günstig ausgefallen ist, folgt hier eine weitere Bestellung … Ich hoffe, dass die Blätter nicht inzwischen verkauft wurden …

Mit freundlichen Grüßen nach Padingbüttel “

(Herr W. G., 3. August 2009)