On  the  Turntable  of  Life

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Tavern Scene. The party at advanced hour. Engraving. Inscribed: Invented, Painted, Engraved, & Publish’d by Wm. Hogarth June ye. 25. 1735. According to Act of Parliament. / Plate 3. 14⅛ × 16 in (36 × 40.7 cm).

William Hogarth, The Tavern Scene (A Rake's Progress III)

The Rake’s Progress III. – Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 25. – Five quatrain captions. – Impression from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII [1888], 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).

“ The miss who appears to make her toilet in the front … in fact undresses. She is willing to show her arts and for that end to let herself being brought onto the table in the dress of the chicken with the fork in the breast, as living dish. The plate that is brought through the door there … will be the turntable on which she will pose ”


Above-mentioned detail in original size as cover illustration of the Hogarth catalogue of Kunsthaus Zurich 1983.

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William Hogarth, Tavern Scene (A Rake's Progress III; Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 15. / Pl. 3. 8⅛ × 10⅜ in (20.7 × 26.5 cm). – Worked without the captions.

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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: W Hogarth inv & pinx. Riepenh. del. sculps. / Pl. 3. 8⅛ × 9½ in (20.5 × 24.2 cm).

William Hogarth, The Tavern Scene (Riepenhausen)

On especially buff paper, supposedly about 1850. – The white margin slightly glue-stained. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings. – Illustration.

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William Hogarth, Tavern Scene (A Rake's Progress III; lithograph)

– – – The same in lithography by C. C. Böhme. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 69 / C. C. Böhme lit. / Der Weg des Liederlichen 3tes Blatt. 9 × 8¾ in (23 × 22.2 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.

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(Mrs. G. H., June 19, 2006)