The Wedding Serenade
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Industrious Prentice out of his Time and Married to his Master’s Daughter. The guilds of London serenade the newly wed couple and the partner of now West + Goodchild. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 6 / Engraved by T. Cook / Published by T. Cook. Islington; and G. G. & J. Robinsons. Pater-noster Row. February 1st. 1796. 30.2 x 36.5 cm.
Industry & Idleness VI. – Marvelous impression on buff paper and – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original size. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). – Faint tidemark. The foxing of the wide paper margin also affecting the platemark. The backside foxing not penetrating the image.
“ The young couple stood up and receives the congratulations at a cup of chocolate. The tailor is the spokesman for all drummers and musicians … It is surely one of the butchers who congratulate with the bones on the chopper … The old servant of the house hands out freely the pieces of dinner … ”
(caption of a lithograph).
The master’s famous, most popular suite, showing by example of two apprentices in a weaving mill as one of the main branches of industry in his days the chances of their life as well as the temptations detrimental to their career :
Calculated for the use & Instruction of youth
w(h)erein every thing necessary to be known was to be made
as intelligible as possible
(Hogarth in his Autobiographical Notes).
“ The scenes should be as easily intelligible as possible for which the engravings had not to be worked in all fineness. It was rather important to keep costs low so that even apprentices could buy these sheets. Hogarth designed a frame-like border around each picture – supposedly he assumed that the boys would pin up these engravings directly at the wall. In this border below every scene he had added a characteristic verse from the Bible to the idle and (or) industrious apprentice … at top on the one hand a cat-o-’nine-tails, a pair of fetters, and a halter as emblems of the tragic end of the idle apprentice and on the other hand golden chain, sword and mace as hints to the career of the industrious one ”
(Bachofen-Moser, William Hogarth in the Art Gallery Zurich, 1983, p. 98).
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– – – – The same. 30.2 x 36.5 cm. – At the top trimmed to platemark for a few cm. Upper right restored tear. – On the back old possession note.
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in an 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 , 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”]). Inscribed: Design’d & Engrav’d by Wm. Hogarth. / Plate 6. / Publish’d according to Act of Parliament Sepbr. 30. 1747. 26.8 x 34.9 cm.
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 58. – On wide-margined buff paper.
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– – – The same in Cook’s smaller repetition, but without verse and marginal emblems and with the series title as caption. Inscribed: Pl. VI. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme. Sepr. 1st. 1807. Subject size 13.7 x 16.9 cm. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 32. / W. Hogarth inv. & pinx. / Pl. 6. / Riepenhausen del & fec. 22.8 x 28.1 cm. – Impression on slightly toned minor paper. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
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– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on especially buff paper, supposedly about 1850.
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– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 24. 21.5 x 15.6 cm. – Title – Der fleißige Lehrbursche ist losgesprochen und mit des Meisters Tochter verheirathet – and extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 13 x 16 cm. – With title in German + English, but without verse and marginal emblems.
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