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“ The  Room  of  a  Justice  of  the  Peace … from  old  Time ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). (A Woman Swearing her Child to a Grave Citizen.) The judicial affiliation. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: W. Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculp. 12¼ × 14¼ in (31 × 36.2 cm). – With 12-lined caption: “Here Justice triumphs in his Elbow Chair …”.

William Hogarth, Woman Swearing her Child to a Grave Citizen (Cook)

“ A known English legal procedure in the judicial determination of fatherhood of illegitimate births is the subject of this sheet … The stage is the room of a Justice of the Peace … and that of a model from old time … ”

Not published by Hogarth himself Cook’s work for his own Hogarth cycle executed between 1795 and 1803 became the original engraving (“made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too”, Thieme-Becker, with him being the only one who kept the original folio format). Here present in the 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”]) on buff paper with margins up 13.5 cm wide.

Offer no. 7,819 / EUR  240. (c. US$ 261.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Woman Swearing her Child to a Grave Citizen (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s smaller version. 1809. Inscribed: Woman Swearing a Child to a Grave Citizen. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. Image size 5½ × 6⅞ in (14 × 17.5 cm). – Trimmed within the somewhat age-spotted wide white plate mark.

Offer no. 9,019 / EUR  95. (c. US$ 104.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Woman Swearing her Child to a Grave Citizen (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840). Inscribed: Woman Swearing a Child / W. Hogarth pt. / Riepenhausen fec. 7⅜ × 9 in (18.8 × 22.8 cm). – On slightly toned minor paper.

Offer no. 7,820 / EUR  138. (c. US$ 150.) + shipping

– – – The same in steel engraving about 1850. Inscribed: Der Eid und das Kind in spe / Woman swearing a Child. 5⅛ × 6⅛ in (13 × 15.7 cm).

Offer no. 7,821 / EUR  50. (c. US$ 54.) + shipping


“ … that I have received the parcel in good order. Very well and professional packed indeed. The litho of Mourot is according to my expectations. The drawing is rare. Colouring most probably same time … ”

(Mr. P. v. d. W., June 26, 2003)