Hogarth’s  Cynical  Philosopher

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). T(homas) Morell , S.T.P-S.S.A. Sitting over a manuscript at the desk covered by folios and, turned to the right, looking into the room no more depicted. In the right the pen, before him the ink well and behind his back armorial plate, waving curtain as secret-bearer and foremost organ-pipes as his most original instrument. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, May 1st. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 7 × 5⅝ in (17.7 × 14.3 cm).

William Hogarth, Thomas Morell

Hogarth’s fine large-sized portrait of his very intimate friend and neighbor Morell (1703-1784) of 1762 in the character of a cynical philosopher. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker); present portrait, however, he has treated supposedly for the first time only in the small edition of the years 1806/09 following his folio edition. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark quite feebly brown-touched in its far edges.

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