Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Frontispiece and Tail Piece to the Artists’ Catalogue 1761. Both the two sujets on one plate. In the former Britannia waters the trees Painting – Sculpture – Architecture grown into each other with water spitting from the lion’s mouth of a fountain with the bust of George III. In the latter a travelling monkey with magnifying glass, watering three dead Exoticks ruins. Engraving. Inscribed: W. Hogarth invt. et del. and Hogarth pinxt. resp., otherwise as above as well as line from Juvenal. 14⅞ × 8½ in (37.8 × 21.5 cm).
Probably engraved by Charles Grignion I (London 1717 – Kentish Town 1810) who was to replace by new engraving the Hogarth plates quickly worn off due to the immense request for the catalog for the Society of Artists exhibition in Spring Gardens and here present in extremely wide-margined impression on strong paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 with the Grignion inscription and the exhausted copyright line omitted (“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”]).
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– – Frontispiece to the Artists Catalogue 1761. The upper picture of the sheet above in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, March 2d. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 6¾ × 5⅜ in (17.3 × 13.8 cm).
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. Here present in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – Tail Piece to the Artist’s Catalogue, 1761. The lower picture of the sheet above in engraving by Cook as before. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, March 1st. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 5⅜ × 6¾ in (13.6 × 17.1 cm). – From Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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