The Silver Age
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Quarrels with the Jew Protector or The (Double) Betrayal. The surprising visit of the rich Jew at Mary Hackabout at which he experiences his mistress quite originally and, besides, will loose his clock. In the background Mary’s maid guides the more ordinary suitor taken from last night’s masked ball on tiptoe to the door. Thus the noise of the overthrown tea-table shall cover his exit. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Pl. 2. / Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook / London, Published by G. G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, June 1st. 1798. and series title. 14¼ × 16⅜ in (36.3 × 41.5 cm).
Harlots Progress II. – Harmonic impression of fine chiaroscuro on buff paper. In the lower right corner of the paper margin almost imperceptible tidemark. Beyond that – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original folio format. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). – The second sheet of the set and together Mary’s social zenith:
“ Higher than here little Pandema will not rise. It is her silver age; tea-table, tea-kettle, and whatever else, is from this metal. Her golden time she had in Yorkshire – without gold: the silver in London among silver, and that is worth much more – for a young girl. And how many men think better? ”
The pictures at the wall in the background reflect and accompany the scene. The first, placed above last night’s lover, shows Jona besides the tree dried up over night because of the poisonous sting of a worm as symbol of the now destroyed relation between Mary and her wealthy protector. Next to it in allusion to the Jew who “keeps a Christian mistress and thus offends against his religion” (Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983) and parallel to the tea-table as further Old Testamentarian scene the Ark of the Convenant falling down, and, against the prohibition of the Lord and therefore with according consequences, supported by Ussa, son of Abinadabs. Below finally the portrait of the free-thinker Thomas Woolaston (1670-1733) who “wrote a defence of the Christian religion against the Jews” (Lichtenberg).
The original paintings of this set of six stations in the life of a prostitute from about 1730 were destroyed by fire already about 1755 by the way.
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in the 3rd state of 1744. Inscribed: Plate 2. / † / Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt. 12⅜ × 15 in (31.3 × 38.2 cm).
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 14 (4th state). – Fine, contrast-rich impression, perhaps from the complete edition Boydell published 1790-1809. – On buff, virtually extremely wide-margined paper. Several small tears right and below backed acid-freely.
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– – – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching, supposedly 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”]). – On buff, extraordinarily wide-margined paper.
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– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 8. / Plate 2. 8¼ × 10½ in (21.1 × 26.7 cm).
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 8. / Plate 2. / Hogarth inv. pinx. Riepenhausen del. sc. 8⅛ × 9¾ in (20.6 × 24.7 cm). – Impression 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 not least for being in the original direction they are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
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– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 14. / Lith. v. Böhme / Der Weg einer Buhlerin. 2tes. Blatt. 8 × 8⅜ in (20.2 × 21.2 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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(Kollege U. K., 12. Mai 2015)