Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Gulliver presented to the Queen of Babilary. In grand hall with view into the garden. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818), together with his son. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook & Son sc. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Novr. 1st. 1808., otherwise as above. Subject size 6⅛ × 3⅝ in (15.5 × 9.1 cm).
Designed by Hogarth as frontispiece to Lockman’s translation of “Travels of Mr. John Gulliver, son of Captain Samuel Gulliver” and for this engraved by Gerard Vandergucht. – 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, however, present in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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