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Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Pit Ticket – Royal Sport. The betting party of all classes at the cock-fight. Etching. Inscribed: Design’d and Engrav’d by Willm. Hogarth / Publish’d according to Act of Parliament Nov. 5th 1759. 12⅝ × 15¼ in (32 × 38.7 cm).

Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 79. – Harmonic wide-margined impression, perhaps from the complete edition published by Boydell 1790-1809. Faint tidemark in the wide white margin. There, too, some backed tears.

William Hogarth, Pit Ticket - Royal Sport

Centre of the cramped party is the “Blind Lord” seen on all London betting events of those years, here, too, backing freely. “Whereas on the other side … a better who looses in a poor mood … At the side of the butcher betting with his lordship a person sits that records the different bets without paying attention to the fighting animals. Then follows an official of the cockpit … who observes the hot fight of the two animals with the looks of a seasoned veteran … Sideward … (a) player who throws a coin into the arena to challenge for a bet. The latter is … accepted by a jockey sitting on the opposite side pointing with his finger at it … A last betting person … is introduced by his shadow only that is thrown onto the battle-ground. It is the shadow of an unlucky one who could not pay for a lost bet. According to the laws of the cockpit such one is put into a basket and drawn up to the ceiling. In this pitiful position the punished one is carried away by the common passion. He offers his watch for betting …” (Lichtenberg).

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– – – – The same in a wide-margined 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”]).

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William Hogarth, Pit Ticket (Cook small)

– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Jany. 1st. 1808. Subject size 5⅝ × 6¾ in (14.2 × 17.1 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark. – Cook’s smaller repetition of the sujet.

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William Hogarth, Pit Ticket (Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 45. 8⅞ × 11¼ in (22.4 × 28.7 cm). – Lower margin trimmed to platemark, but negligible.

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William Hogarth, Pit Ticket (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 45 / W. Hogarth inv. / R. f. 9 × 11¾ in (23 × 29.7 cm). – Early toned impression. – 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.

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

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William Hogarth, Pit Ticket (Riepenhausen)

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

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William Hogarth, Pit Ticket (lithograph)

– – – The same in lithography by C. C. Böhme. (1833/36.) Inscribed: C. C. Böhme litho. / Ein Hahnen Gefecht. 10½ × 9⅜ in (26.8 × 23.7 cm). – Upper margin partly trimmed to the image’s edge. – With detailed caption of 19 lines à la Lichtenberg in German.

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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. Inscribed: Das Hahnen-Gefecht. / The Cock Pit. 5¼ × 5⅞ in (13.2 × 14.8 cm).

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„ das Paket kam heute morgen gut behalten hier an. Haben Sie vielen Dank. Das Blatt gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut … “

(Herr A. L., 11. März 2011)