Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Debates on Palmistry. Four gentleman at a round table, devoted to palmistry, while one of them is even more interested in the maid attending an owl. A fifth gentleman standing, studying a relevant document, while witnesses of the past press from the background. Engraving by Joseph Haynes (Shrewsbury 1760 – Chester 1829). 1782. Inscribed: From an Original Sketch in Oil by Hogarth, in the Possession of Mr. Saml. Ireland. / Etch'd by Jos: Haynes Pupil to the late Mr. Mortemer. / Publish'd as the Act directs Feb.ry 1:1782. at No. 3 Clements Inn, otherwise as above. 12⅛ × 15 in (30.8 × 38 cm).
whose subject is rare in this form .
Especially mentioned by Thieme-Becker the engraving is after an oil sketch not published by Hogarth himself, here 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 , 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 strong paper. – At top mostly trimmed to platemark, below with narrow to fine margin. The sides wide.
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