Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Mr. (John) Pine. Half-length portrait in oval to the right in Rembrandt’s manner of the then celebrated engraver (1690 London 1756) and friend of Hogarth’s. 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, July 1st. 1808., otherwise as above. Subject size 5⅝ × 4¼ in (14.3 × 10.7 cm).
Pine, influenced by, if not even pupil of Bernard Picart, published 1737 a 2-volume edition of Horace (“a fine edition”, Nagler), according to Füßli “the first book in Europe entirely engraved in copper”. Already 1731 he had drafted together with James Edward Oglethorpe a conceptual map of the colony of Georgia, founded by the latter in 1733, along with a plan of Savannah. Of significance besides the rendition of Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom’s tapestries on the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 – destroyed by fire in 1834 – in The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords, representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets from 1739. Besides 1746 in 24 sheets the first detailed plan of the cities of London and Westminster after the surveys by John Rocque.
Beside present portrait, worked in mezzotint by J. McArdell, Hogarth immortalized the friend also as the fat Capuchin friar in The Gate of Calais – earning him the nickname of “Friar Pine” – and painted his daughter Charlotte. In addition both acted as governors of the Foundling Hospital.
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 feebly brown-spotted particularly in the far parts of three sides.
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