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Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Laughing Audience. The laughing pit during a comic opera, “perhaps Gay’s famous or notorious Beggars Opera”. In front three members of the orchestra. Engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840). 8½ × 7⅝ in (21.7 × 19.5 cm).

“ The  masterly  reproduction  of  all  nuances  of  laugh ”

(Thieme-Becker). – Served originally as subscription ticket for Southwark Fair + A Rake’s Progress. – See the illustrations of the 1733 Hogarth etching in the Hogarth catalogs of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, no. 82 + the Art Gallery Zurich, 1983, no. 22.

William Hogarth, Laughing Audience (Riepenhausen)

“ The beholder can find in the depicted faces the complete gradation of jollity … and besides note the expression which will be caused at the funniest high spirits by the difference ages. Only  one  face preserves an unshakable earnestness … perhaps of a critic … ”

(Lichtenberg).

RIEPENHAUSEN’S  ENGRAVINGS  AFTER  HOGARTH  ( “very estimable” ) count to his main work and are preferred partly to the Hogarth engravings itself. – Fine  early  impression .

Offer no. 7,903 / EUR  95. (c. US$ 110.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Laughing Audience (Riepenhausen)

– – – The same by Riepenhausen in probable impression of a special edition in view of the good, strong paper. 8⅝ × 7⅞ in (22 × 20 cm).

Offer no. 5,946 / EUR  86. (c. US$ 99.) + shipping

– – – The same by Riepenhausen on a slightly toned less paper. 8⅝ × 7⅞ in (22 × 20 cm).

Offer no. 14,091 / EUR  76. (c. US$ 88.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Laughing Audience (Cook small)

– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Nov. 1st. 1807., title as above. Subject size 6⅛ × 5½ in (15.7 × 14 cm). – Cook’s smaller repetition. – Trimmed within the wide white margin. Three outer edges somewhat brownspotted.

Offer no. 8,924 / EUR  61. (c. US$ 71.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Laughing Audience (Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) 8¼ × 6⅞ in (21 × 17.6 cm).

Offer no. 5,945 / EUR  71. (c. US$ 82.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Laughing Audience (lithograph)

– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) 9⅜ × 6⅛ in (23.7 × 15.5 cm). – With extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.

Offer no. 5,947 / EUR  71. (c. US$ 82.) + shipping

– – – The same in steel engraving. C. 1840. 7¼ × 6 in (18.5 × 15.4 cm).

Offer no. 7,737 / EUR  40. (c. US$ 46.) + shipping


„ Habe heute Ihre Sendung dankend erhalten. Freue mich schon, das Buch meinem Mann … zu Weihnachten zu schenken. Liebe Grüße aus … am Dachstein “

(Frau K. G., 12. September 2007)