Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). A Burlesque on Kent’s Altar Piece in St. Clement. Angels making music, presented by Hogarth in detail per key characters A-K. Engraving. Inscribed as below. 13¼ × 7⅞ in (33.7 × 19.9 cm). – Nagler 6.
“ This Print is exactly Engrav’d after ye Celebrated Altar Piece (sic!) in St. Clements Church which has been taken down by Order of ye Lord Bishop of London (as tis thought) to prevent Disputs and Laying of wagers among ye Parishoners about ye Artists meaning in it. for publick Satisfaction here is a particular Explanation of it humbly Offerd to be writ under ye Original, that it may be put up again by which means ye Parich’es 60 pounds which thay nisely gave for it, may not be Entirely lost
1st. Tis not the Pretenders Wife and Children as our weak brethren imagin
2ly Nor St. Cecilia as the Connoisseurs think but a Choir of Angells playing in Consort ”
Impression on strong paper 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”]). – In the extremely wide lateral margins far lower right faint tidemark.
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