“ To His Majesty the King of Prussia ”
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). A Representation of the March of the Guards towards Scotland, in the Year 1745. Departure of the troops to Finchley with music and food. Engraving by Luke Sullivan (Louth, Eire, 1705? – London 1771). Inscribed: Painted, by Will:m Hogarth & Publish’d / Dec.br 31st 1750. According to Act of Parliament. / Engrav’d by Luke Sullivan. / Retouched and Improved by / W..m Hogarth, republish’d June 12.th 1761, otherwise as above. 17⅛ × 21⅞ in (43.4 × 55.5 cm).
Nagler, Sullivan, 3. – Illustration Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, 66. – Retouched by Hogarth himself in 1761 and here in an impression on especially strong paper 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 , 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”]).
as an Encourager of Arts and Sciences
the sheet raised “great excitement in London in its time. It represents the moment the troops march from London to Finchley, a place they had to touch in the year 1745 on the march against the rebels (the Jacobites under Charles Edward Stuart commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie or The Young Pretender)”. – One of the girls bidding farewell to her lover sells copies of the then published GOD SAVE OUR NOBLE KING .
It marked the birth of the English national anthem
whose melody shall “originate in the age of James II. It was applied to the House of Hanover only on occasion of the rebellion of 1745, however, and by this became widely known. From this time also the known text originates, then usually God save great George our king”.
Center front a CARRIER ABOUT OF POLITICAL NEWS waiving The Remembrancer or a weekly Slap on the Face for the Ministery of the Jacobites in the raised right while a bundle The Jacob’s Journal peeps out of her pocket. – Far left the advertisement of the omnipresent, infamous Dr. Rock attracts the attention of one soldier.
“ The original painting (Hogarth had) disposed of by lot … The subscribers for the impressions were offered lottery tickets at three shilling which were sold together with the subscription ticket. The artist sold 1843 of these, but still retained 467 he donated to Captain Coram’s Foundling Hospital. In the lottery the painting was won by the latter ”
Offer no. 5,941 / EUR 199. (c. US$ 252.) + shipping
– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: March to Finchley. / Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook. Sheet size 16⅝ × 22 in (42.2 × 56 cm).
Of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper. Above trimmed to subject edge (this minimally creased and with some old traces of stitching), three sides within the white platemark. – 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.
Offer no. 7,560 / EUR 404. / export price EUR 384. (c. US$ 486.) + shipping
– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. Inscribed: The March to Finchley. / Hogarth pinx. / T. Cook sculp. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Nov. 1st. 1809. Subject 6⅜ × 7⅞ in (16.1 × 19.9 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
Offer no. 8,944 / EUR 66. (c. US$ 83.) + shipping
– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 63 / W. Hogarth inv. pinx. / Riepenhausen. sc. 8½ × 11½ in (21.7 × 29.3 cm). – Impression on slightly toned minor paper. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and not least for being in the original direction they are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
Offer no. 5,943 / EUR 76. (c. US$ 96.) + shipping
– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. Inscribed: Ausmarsch der Truppen nach Finchley. / The March to Finchley. 5¼ × 6¼ in (13.4 × 16 cm).
Offer no. 7,781 / EUR 40. (c. US$ 51.) + shipping
„ vielen Dank für Ihre Sendung (Würbs, Halle/Saale, von Presslers Garten aus gesehen). Damit war Weihnachten ein voller Erfolg … “
(Frau M. R., 25. Dezember 2011)