The Shop Sign of the Textile Traders

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Mary & Ann Hogarth from the old Frock shop the corner of the Long Walk … Removed to yy Kings Arms … Sells yy best & most Fashionable Ready Made Frocks … stript Dimmity & Flanel Wastcoats, blue & canvas Frocks & bluecoat Boys Drars … by Wholesale or Retale, at Reasonable Rates. Interior of the store lined ornamentally on three sides – at top the richly formed royal arms – with 11 lines caption as business card of the clothing shop of Hogarth’s two sisters. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed as above + Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme Jany 1st 1807. Subject size 6⅞ × 4¾ in (17.4 × 12 cm).

William Hogarth, Mary & Ann Hogarth from the old Frock shop

Early Hogarth (Trusler 1827 “as late as 1725”, Hogarth catalog of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 8 with ills. “c. 1730”), evidenced also here by the playful easiness of his ornaments, at the same time documenting the proverbial “tasteless mode of dress at that time”.

Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker); present sujet, however, he has treated supposedly for the first time only in the small edition of the years 1806/09 following his folio edition. – Irrespective of the very delicate impression of the publisher’s line of excellent print quality. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark slightly brown-touched at its far edges.

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