Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Frontispieces (2 on 1 sheet) to Tristram Shandy. For once Corporal Trim reading aloud to a circle of three gentlemen two of which visibly devoted to their long pipes, the front one of them – most highly instructive – just endeavoring to light with the help of a coal tongs (?) making mighty smoke. But untroubled of this the third Sir takes a deep sleep. For the other a baptism scene. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Frontispiece to Tristram Shandy. / A Second Frontispiece to Tristram Shandy. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Jany. 1st. 1808. Subject size 6 × 7⅛ in (15.4 × 18 cm; image sizes à 5¼ × 3⅛ in [13.2 × 7.8 cm]).
Worked for vol. I and III resp. of Laurence Sterne’s famous comic novel “Tristram Shandy” published in nine parts 1759-66 – 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 Hogarth’s own engraving. (1759-61.) Each inscribed: W. Hogarth invt., otherwise in the wide joint platemark as above. 8¾ × 13⅛ in (22.1 × 33.2 cm; subject size à 5¼ × 3⅛ in [13.5 × 8 cm]).
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”]) and without the volume/chapter designations of the earlier editions. – Trimmed above within the extremely wide platemark.
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