Need of Reform
with the Execution of Sentence
in the hearing on the spot .
Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Engraved by T. Cook from an Original Painting by Wm. Hogarth in the Possession of Mr. Ray. / Published June 1st. 1803, by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, London., otherwise as above. 17⅜ × 21⅞ in (44.2 × 55.5 cm).
Highly instructive for the imprisonment of the time ,
created by Hogarth 1729 instantaneously, yet not published in print as he as a beginner did not find a publisher.
Cook’s version present here
therefore supposedly the earliest representation in print
and included in the complete edition of Hogarth’s works .
Here in the impression 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”]) on sturdy paper. – Minimal foxing spots in three margins.
“ The committee in a room of the prison which obviously served for maltreatment of the detainees. There hangs an iron hook whereupon the prisoners were bound hanging in mid-air, further a chain to lock them at the wall. The president shows an instrument of torture that proves his guilt … laterally a debtor’s prisoner kneels before the secretary … and shows him the way he was tortured … ”
Offer no. 15,268 / EUR 490. / export price EUR 466. (c. US$ 563.) + shipping
– – – The same in steel engraving. C. 1850. Inscribed: Der Gefangenenwärter Bambridge im Verhör vor dem Ausschuß des Unterhauses. 5¼ × 6⅝ in (13.5 × 16.8 cm).
Offer no. 15,269 / EUR 98. (c. US$ 118.) + shipping
“ … and I wish to thank you for packing it so carefully … ”
(Mr. P. M., August 28, 2003)