The Coronation of the Social Ascent
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Industrious ‘Prentice Lord Mayor of London. The former weaver’s apprentice Goodchild is escorted home by the people. Next to the state-coach the delegations of the guilds with their flags. One of the guardsmen with an open jug of beer in his left, at his side a boy with leaflet of the true story of the ghost of Tom Idle hanged for murder, once Goodchild’s comrade during his apprenticeship. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 12. / Engraved by T. Cook / Published by T. Cook Islington, and G. G. & J. Robinsons Pater-noster Row December 1st. 1796. 11¼ × 16¼ in (28.6 × 41.3 cm).
Industry & Idleness XII. – Marvelous impression of fine chiaroscuro on buff paper. In its wide white margin quite isolated weak foxing spots and 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).
“ So Goodchild has achieved everything what hard work and luck can give to the industrious citizen in London! … all London is in movement and takes part … ”
(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: Engrav’d & Design’d by Wm. Hogarth. / Plate 12 / Publish’d according to Act of Parliament Sep. 30. 1747. 10¾ × 15⅞ in (27.3 × 40.3 cm).
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 64. – 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. XII. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculp. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Aug. 1st. 1809. Subject size 4⅞ × 7⅜ in (12.4 × 18.8 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark. There lower right foxing spot.
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 38. / W. Hogarth inv & pinx. / Pl. 12. / R. d. & sc. 9½ × 13⅝ in (24 × 34.7 cm). – Impression on especially buff paper, supposedly about 1850. – On the left trimmed within the white platemark. – 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 slightly toned minor paper.
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– – – The same in lithography by C. C. Böhme. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 42 / C. C. Böhme lithograph. 9⅝ × 12¾ in (24.5 × 32.5 cm). – On slightly toned paper. – Title – Der fleissige Lehrbursche ist Lord-Mayor in London – and extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 4⅞ × 6⅛ in (12.3 × 15.7 cm). – Somewhat palish. – With title in German + English, but without verse and marginal emblems.
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