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An  Homage

to  Alexander  Pope  and  his  Dunciad

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Distrest Poet. In domestic harmony with the housewife in the center repairing the wardrobe, both disturbed though not surprised by the milk woman presenting a long and filled up record, now demanding payment. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). 1797. Inscribed: Designed by W. Hogarth / Engraved by T. Cook / Published Octr1st.1797 by G. G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row London. 14 × 16⅜ in (36.5 × 41.5 cm).

William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (Cook)

“ … an old but nevertheless always new theme … on the floor lies a proof of the poet’s merits in the Grubstreet Journal. Thus he is a co-worker at the daily press then considered being very low … ” ,

which should manifest itself sovereignly not even 30 years later (see John Wilkes Esqr. & The Times). – After the original of 1736, distinguished by the painting above the journalist on which Alexander Pope thrashes his severest and most persevering opponent in the train of The Dunciad, the bookseller, publisher and pirate printer Edmund Curll. Prototype for the character of the poet then probably also – so David Bindman, Hogarth and his Times, no. 21 – Pope’s King of Dunces, the satirist Lewis Theobald, who had incurred Pope’s wrath by criticizing his Shakespeare edition, while his own pioneering Shakespeare edition became the foundation of Edmund Malone’s edition as the standard till today. Adequately with quatrain from the first book of the Dunciad :

“ Studious he sate, with all his books around, / Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profund! // Plung’d for his sense, but found no bottom there; / Then writ, and flounder’d on, in mere despair. ”

With some modifications present sujet by the way was intended later to become part of a series including The Enraged Musician and an announced, but not engraved scene from the life of a painter. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format he maintained contrary to all later Hogarth editions in his first, earlier edition. For some sheets not published by Hogarth himself Cook became their first engraver, just as he also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg.

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William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. Inscribed: The Distrest Poet. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Novr. 1st. 1806. 6½ × 6⅝ in (16.4 × 16.8 cm; subject 5¼ × 6 in [13.4 × 15.3 cm]). – Also after the original version, yet without the quatrain. – In the far margins of the wide white paper margin somewhat timestained.

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William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (Rahl)

– – – The same. Engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818-23.) Inscribed: 41. / The distrest Poet. / Pl. 3. 8½ × 10¼ in (21.7 × 26 cm).

After the state of 1740, distinguished by the title and the painting showing “A View of the Gold Mines of Peru” instead of the thrashing scene. – In the upper image field weakly foxing.

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William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same. Engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840). Inscribed: 41. / The Distrest Poet. / W. Hogarth inv & pinx. 1740 / R. d & f. 8½ × 10¼ in (21.5 × 26.2 cm). – Early toned impression, also after the state of 1740.

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William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same. Engraving by Riepenhausen as before, but on especially strong paper, supposedly from about 1850.

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– – – The same. Engraving by Riepenhausen as before, but on slightly toned minor paper.

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William Hogarth, Distrest Poet (lithograph)

– – – The same. Lithograph by F. Heintz. Inscribed: Der Dichter in der Noth. / Lith … F. Heintz 1832. 8½ × 9¼ in (21.5 × 23.4 cm). – After the state of 1740. – With comprehensive German caption à la Lichtenberg.

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– – – The same. Steel engraving. C. 1850. Inscribed in German & English. 5⅛ × 6 in (13 × 15.3 cm). – Likewise after the state of 1740.

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(Herr T. L., 6. März 2012)