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And  the  Notary  attends  to  his  Duties …

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Young Heir taking Possession. The fresh heir of the rich miser Rakewell prepares his entry into society. In front he has new trousers fit on him while, seated in his back,

the  notary  compiles  the  list  of  the  assets

and provides himself beforehand with the most necessary, whereas young Rakewell offers money to those who will not take it: Sarah Young and her mother. Above at the ceiling a ledge breaks under the hands of the paperhanger and a golden rain flows to the floor. In the chamber besides the several periwigs of the deceased

collector  of  lucrative  securities  &  mortgages

which now, bundled and loose, look forward to their utilization. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Pl. I. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Novr. 1st. 1806. Subject size 5⅝ × 6½ in (14.2 × 16.4 cm).

William Hogarth, Young Heir taking Possession (Rake's Progress I; Cook)

Sheet 1 of The Rake’s Progress, set to music by Igor Strawinsky (1882-1971). – Cook’s smaller version without the verses here replaced by the series title. – Cook „made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too“ (Thieme-Becker). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark which is somewhat browned of age in the outer parts of three sides, on the right two small tears backed acid-freely.

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William Hogarth, Young Heir taking Possession (Rake's Progress I; Rahl)

– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) 8¼ × 10⅝ in (21 × 27 cm). – Somewhat palish impression.

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William Hogarth, Young Heir taking Possession (Rake's Progress I; Riepenhausen)

– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 13. / W. Hogarth inv pinx. 1735. E. Riepenhausen d. sc. / Plate. 1. 8⅛ × 10¾ in (20.5 × 27.2 cm). – On slightly toned minor paper. – Especially in the white lower margin feeble age-spots. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.

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William Hogarth, Young Heir taking Possession (Rake's Progress I; lithograph)

– – – The same in lithography by O. C. Apelt (before 1829 – after 1840). (1833/36.) Inscribed: 67. / O. C. Apelt 1834 / Der Weg des Liederlichen. 9 × 8⅝ in (22.8 × 22 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.

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„ das ‚Haupt-Schwein‘ ist gut … angekommen und gefällt … falls sich weitere Funde … auftun, freue ich mich über Ihre Nachricht “

(Herr W. S., 29. August 2002)