“ First Published in 1803 , by Mr. E. Harding.
& copied by his permission ”
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The House of Commons in Sir Robert Walpole’s Administration. Interior during a session with designation of the notables. Stipple by A. Fogg. Inscribed: Engraved by A. Fogg. historical Engraver. / to his Royal Highness Prince Wm. Frederick. / London Published Novr. 1. 1803. by E. Harding, No. 100, Pall Mall, otherwise as below. 21⅜ × 15⅞ in (54.3 × 40.4 cm).
“ To the Right Honble. Earl Onslow. This Plate representing the House of Commons in Sir Robert Walpole’s Administration. Is with Permission dedicated by his Lordships most obedient humble Servt. E. Harding. From an original Picture painted by Hogarth, and Sir James Thornhill, in the collection of Earl Onslow. ”
Among those portrayed in the center the presiding Rt. Hon. Arthur Onslow himself. At his side Robert Walpole, in the rows in the middle distance further Sydney Godolphin, Sir Joseph Jekyl, Colonel Onslow, Sir James Thornhill as well as at the table in front Edward Stables Esq. and Mr. Aiskew as Clerk and Clerk Assistant of House of Commons resp.
Harmonic, wide-margined 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”]). – Two margins with little fox-spots.
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– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / First Published in 1803, by Mr. E. Harding. & copied by his permission. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809., otherwise as above. Subject size 6½ × 5⅜ in (16.6 × 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, however. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 6½ × 4⅞ in (16.4 × 12.3 cm). – Title in German + English.
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