James Heath

1757 London 1834

“Famous (royal) copper engraver … who early gained approval” (Nagler VI [1838], 23). About 1822 he retouched the plates of Hogarth’s engraved œuvre. “Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, so Art Gallery Esslingen 1970, and Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 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”). As than also a purchaser of such a one here, in possession of contemporary impressions, too, mailed: “great joy, I’m very pleased with it”.

to the Hogarth catalog …

“ At this time we are on our boat … I hope you extend the same faith in me as I have in you in paying for this sizable sum in advance (sight unseen) in the expectation of delivery … Best regards ”

(Mr. P. C., July 22, 2002)