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Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). (John) Rich’s Triumphant Entry. The great actor’s and his company’s moving from Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre into Covent Garden under the banner “Rich for ever”, confronted by the clock’s inscription “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”. He himself, in the skin of the famous hound from Perseus and Andromeda, together with spouse in the carriage drawn by satyrs and driven by a harlequin at the head. At the rear the cart with the stage properties. Engraving. Inscribed: WHO’TH (?) SCULP. (in the image lower left), title as above. 8⅛ × 13⅞ in (20.7 × 35.3 cm).

William Hogarth, John Rich's Triumphant Entry

Nagler 13. – 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 [1888], 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”]). – Above trimmed within the platemark.

Offer no. 7,884 / EUR  176. (c. US$ 195.) + shipping

– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Rich’s Triumphal Entry. / Hogarth pinx. / T. Cook sculp. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Nov. 1st. 1809. Subject size 4½ × 7¼ in (11.5 × 18.5 cm).

William Hogarth, Rich's Triumphal Entry (Cook small)

Cook’s smaller repetition. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark whose outer parts are somewhat brown-stippled on two sides.

Offer no. 8,915 / EUR  135. (c. US$ 150.) + shipping


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