Hogarth Act :
The Emblem of the 1735 Copyright
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Crowns, mitres, sceptres, maces etc. Ruler insignia, symbols and folios, radially covered by the central crown above set as sun. Engraving. Inscribed: Design’d, Etch’d & Publish’d as the Act directs, by Wm. Hogarth, March 20th. 1754., otherwise as below. 9 × 7½ in (22.7 × 19.2 cm).
Subscription ticket of 1754 for 3 plates – Polling for Members of Parliament, Canvassing for Votes + Chairing the Members – of the Set of an Election, together as emblem for the royal patronage of the copyright of 1735, known as Hogarth Act:
“ In humble & grateful Acknowledgement of the Grace & Goodness of the Legislature, manifested, In the Act of Parliament for the Encouragement of the Arts of Designing Engraving &c; Obtain’d by the Endeavours & almost at the Sole Expence of the designer of this Print in the Year 1735: By which not only the Professors of those Arts were rescued from the Tyranny Frauds & Piracies of Monopolizing Dealers and Legally entitled to the Fruits of their own Labours, but Genius & industry were also prompted by ye most noble & generous Inducements to exert themselves, Emulation was Excited, Ornamental Compositions were better understood, and every Manufacture where Fancy has any concern was gradually rais’d to a pitch of perfection before unknown, Insomuch that those of Great Britain are at present the most Elegant and the most in Esteem of any in Europe. ”
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”]). – Extremely wide-margined on three sides.
Offer no. 7,844 / EUR 61. (c. US$ 71.) + shipping
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(Herr W. W., 20. Dezember 2008)