Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Apprehended by a Magistrate. A breakfast with guests, but in what a different surroundings and of what different kind after the visit of the rich Jew in the drawing-room of the previous sheet. On the canopy the periwig box of the highwayman James Dalton, at the wall beside the tester-bed the portraits of Captain Macheath active in the same profession as well as that of the famous-notorious preacher Dr. Henry Sacheverell. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Pl. III. / Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook / London, Published by G. G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, February 1st. 1799. and series title. 14½ × 16⅜ in (36.8 × 41.6 cm).
Harlots Progress III. – Harmonic impression of fine chiaroscuro on buff paper. In the lower right corner of the paper-margin almost imperceptible tidemark. – 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. – The third sheet of the set and together the beginning of her decline:
“ The scene is Drurylane; as one can see from the tin porter mug standing to the right hand down in the corner … The door opens and (the Justice of the Peace) Sir John Gonson enters the room with his train, and the heroine is arrested ”
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 3. / † / W. Hogarth invt. pinxt et sculpt. 12⅝ × 15⅝ in (32.2 × 39.7 cm).
Nagler 17, 3; Hogarth Catalog of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 59 + Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, 15, each with illustration of this state; Bindman, Hogarth and his Times, 1997, 10 (with ills. of the 1st state). – Very fine, contrast-rich impression, perhaps from the complete edition Boydell published 1790-1809. – On buff, virtually extremely wide-margined paper. – Right and below a little fissured.
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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: 9. / Plate 3. 8¾ × 10⅝ in (22.3 × 26.9 cm).
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 9. / Plate 3. / W. Hogarth inv. pinx. Riepenhausen del. sc. 7⅞ × 10 in (20 × 25.3 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: 15. / E. L. Blau lith. / Der Weg einer Buhlerin. 3tes. Blatt. 8 × 8⅜ in (20.2 × 21.2 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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(Herr A. W., 24. Oktober 2007)