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William Hogarth, Masquerades and Operas (Cook)

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Masquerades and Operas. Burlington-gate. The several establishments situated before the Academy of Arts. On the left the advertising banner with the scene from an opera. At the neighbouring window a tout endeavours to tempt the fools rushing to the side entry into the masquerade in his own house. Greatest crush, however, on the opposite side where, just in the front of the picture,

“ Dr.  FAUSTUS  as  Hero ”

is promised by the tout in harlequin costume. In-between a book cart with purified dealer who knows what he sells: Waste paper for Shops, amongst it Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Dryden. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Between 1795 & 1803. Inscribed as above. 5¾ × 7¾ in (14.6 × 19.8 cm).

The  youthful-fresh  lively  work

as an already true Hogarth. Illustrating “the so-called ‘Pleasures of the City’” (Thieme-Becker) and together a “satire on Lord Burlington who preferred the scribbler Kent to the famous Thornhill (Hogarth’s father-in-law)” (Nagler). – 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. – Two sides trimmed within the white platemark. In the wide right outer margin faint tidemark.

Offer no. 7,603 / EUR  118. (c. US$ 136.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Masquerades and Operas. Burlington Gate (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. Engraving. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Sepr. 1st. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 5½ × 7⅜ in (14 × 18.7 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark slightly age-spotted particularly at the far edge of three sides.

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