“ Hands  &  Hearts  of  Oak ,

With  Liberty  to  back  em ! ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). England. In front of the Duke of Cumberland – “Roast & Boil’d every Day” on the arms with grapes as pennant – rented by the army for recruiting as appropriate with the law a group of soldiers, inspired by the sturdy food – beef & beer – just consumed, cartoons the French enemy expected in 1756. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Plate II. / Designed by W. Hogarth / Engraved by T. Cook / London Published by G. G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row December 1799., otherwise as above. 12⅞ × 15¾ in (32.7 × 40 cm).

France & England II. – With Garrick’s verses as caption. – Impression of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper. Beside slight touch of foxing in the text and white lower margin several spots in the lower subject as well. – 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.

William Hogarth, England (Cook)

“ See John the Soldier, Jack the Tar … Should Mounsir dare come here! / The Hungry Slaves have smelt our Food / They long to taste our Flesh and Blood / Old England’s  Beef  and  Beer ! ”


“ At this inn … the image of a bottle of sturdy beer is (to be noticed) to the side of the door which has blown up the cork like champagne and foams into a glass to invite the thirsty wanderer … ”


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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in wide-margined impression from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822

William Hogarth, England

(“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII [1888], 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: Desing’d & Etch’d by W.m Hogarth / Plate 2.d / Published according to Act of Parliament. March 1756., otherwise as above. 12⅝ × 15⅛ in (32.2 × 38.5 cm). – Nagler 45. – Illustration Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, 85.

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William Hogarth, England (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version without the Garrick caption. Inscribed: England. / Hogarth pinx.t / T. Cook sculp.t / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, 31. 1807. Subject 5½ × 6¾ in (14.1 × 17.1 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. Inscribed: England. 5¼ × 6 in (13.2 × 15.3 cm).

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