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The  Subscription  Ticket  for  “ Analysis  of  Beauty ”

as  together  a  “ Parody  on  Leonardo’s  ‘Lord’s  Supper’ ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Columbus breaking the Egg. Columbus’ answer to the blasphemers of his performance. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Engraved by T. Cook., title as before and rest of the address Paternoster Row August 1st. 1800. 6¼ × 7½ in (15.8 × 19.2 cm).

The 1752 subscription ticket for Analysis of Beauty whose essence, the sinuous line, is symbolized by the two eels with eggs in the oval form of the plate in front. According to Peter Bexte, William Hogarth – Analyse der Schönheit, 1995, Hogarth used this scene together for a parody on Leonardo’s ‘Lord’s Supper’:

William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (Cook)

“ Christ (is) replaced by Columbus, and the astonished disciples became scholars taken unaware ”.

Columbus’ turn to the right as seen from the onlooker follows Hogarth’s own etching which might be, as repeatedly, in reverse to its model. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). – Two sides trimmed within the white platemark with only a fine margin at top.

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– – – The same as Hogarth’s own etching in the state of 1753 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 [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: Design’d & Etch’d by Wm. Hogarth Decem 1. 1753. 6½ × 7⅝ in (16.5 × 19.5 cm). – On Columbus’ bearing see before.

William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg

Illustrations Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 78 + Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jan. 23, 1996 (Friedmar Apel, Verfolgung einer Schlangenlinie). – On buff paper. – Wide-margined.

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William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s smaller repetition. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Nov. 1st. 1807., title as before. Image size 5½ × 6¾ in (14.1 × 17 cm). – Columbus’ bearing as before. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark. In this some small spots.

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William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) 7½ × 7⅞ in (18.9 × 20 cm). – Columbus’ bearing as seen from the onlooker now to the right as on the following sheets, too, while Riepenhausen is known to have corrected Hogarth’s reversed engravings. – Upper right plate no. 49.

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William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 49 / W. Hogarth inv. 7¼ × 9 in (18.3 × 23 cm). – Early, toned impression. – Wide-margined.

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– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on slightly toned minor paper. – A few foxspots and slight box pleat in the white lower margin.

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William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but in an impression about 1850 on especially buff paper.

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William Hogarth, Columbus breaking the Egg (lithograph)

– – – The same in lithograph by C. F. Heintz. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 53. / Columbus stellt ein Ey auf die Spitze. / Lith. v. C. F. Heintz . 8⅝ × 7 in (21.8 × 17.8 cm). – Extensive caption in German: Columbus puts an egg on its top.

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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 5¼ × 7⅛ in (13.5 × 18 cm). – With title in German + English.

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„ Beste heer Niemeyer, Hartelijk dank voor de snelle terugboeking (concerning a bill paid for already one year ago). Zoiets schept altijd vertrouwen! Beste groeten “

(Mijnheer P. E., 3. Februar 2009)