After the Economic now the Social Ascent
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Industrious ‘Prentice grown rich, & Sheriff of London. Great banquet on occasion of the appointment of Goodchild into the high office of his hometown. With visible pleasure the large company at table enjoys the gastronomic treats of this world: roast, vines, cakes, and many more. And on the gallery the musicians play. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 8 / Engraved by T. Cook / Published by T. Cook Islington and G. G. & J. Robinsons Pater-noster Row February 1st. 1796. 11⅜ × 14⅜ in (29 × 36.5 cm).
Industry & Idleness VIII. – Impression of finest chiaroscuro on buff paper. In its downright luxuriously wide white margin upper right slight tidemark. Beyond that – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original size. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker).
“ The rich Goodchild, raised to sheriff of London, offers his entry banquet and that is quite an affair shows off everything. Many poor even appear to speculate on the great remainders as there is much crowding at the door … ”
(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 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 8 / Publish’d according to Act of Parliamt. Sepbr. 30. 1747. 10½ × 13¾ in (26.7 × 35 cm).
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 60. – 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: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Jany. 1st.1809. Subject size 5¼ × 6⅞ in (13.3 × 17.6 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: 34. / W. Hogarth inv & pinx. / Pl. 8. / R. f. 8½ × 11¾ in (21.6 × 29.7 cm). – Early toned impression. – 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. – In the margin minimally age-spotted.
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– – – The same in lithography by C. F. Heintz. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 38. / Lith. v. C. F. Heintz. 8⅝ × 10 in (22 × 25.5 cm). – Title – Der fleissige Lehrbursche ist reich und Sheriff von London geworden – and extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German. – On slightly toned paper. – Rubbed.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 5⅛ × 6¼ in (13 × 15.8 cm). – With title in German + English, but without verse and marginal emblems.
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