Rarely a Breakfast was more delicious …
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Breakfast of the Bridal Pair. Engraving by Bernard Baron (Paris c. 1696 – London 1762). Inscribed: Engraved by B. Baron / Invented Painted & Published by Wm. Hogarth / According to Act of Parliament April 1st 1745. 15¼ × 18⅜ in (38.7 × 46.7 cm).
Marriage à la Mode II. – Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 48. – Harmonic wide-margined impression, supposedly 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”]). – Faint tidemark in the right upper side margin. – The second plate of this
“ most beautiful painted satire of the century ”
(Dobson in Thieme-Becker).
“ The old count already seems to be decomposed and being with William the Conqueror … Both they have slept a little or not at all last night; She, here in the house, not, and He, in another, neither … Here it is still early in the morning … and still one has breakfast … the young gentleman, who just became elder by quite a heavy campaign over night seems, just unloaded by the coach, to have thrown himself here …
The figure is a masterpiece
and undoubtedly one of the best Hogarth ever has drawn .
The true allegory of enervation after the wildest debauchery of all kind … Where the money stuck there now stick the hands … And now a word on the deeds of the young lady … There in the splendid Egyptian hall she had a gamble party all night long, and play with cards, young gentlemen and such, a little tea, a little concert, and a little dance. One has played long and wild … one of the tables has thrown its cards on the earth, the pandects of the whist, Hoyle on Whist – This book had made itself curiously in the English history of literature – , have been trampled with feet … ”
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– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 22. / Plate 2. 8¼ × 10½ in (21 × 26.7 cm).
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 22. / W. Hogarth inv. pinx. / Riepenhausen del. & sc. 9¼ × 11⅛ in (23.5 × 28.4 cm). – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and not least for being in the original direction they are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
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– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 8. / Die Heirath nach der Mode. 2tes. Blatt. 8½ × 9⅛ in (21.5 × 23.3 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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