The Country Cousin
A Little Goose for the Loving Cousins in London
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Ensnared by a Procuress. Mary Hackabout, innocent maid from Yorkshire and just alighted from the stage coach at the Bell Inn, is examined by the notorious Mother Needham, while in the door of the establishment the no less ill-reputed Colonel Francis Charteris – both will find their deserved end – has his own thoughts. Front right furthermore a goose almost strangulated by the address label: “For my Lofing Cosen in Tems Stret in London”. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Pl. I. / Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook / London, Published by G. G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, April 1st. 1798. and series title. 14⅜ × 16¼ in (36.5 × 41.2 cm).
Harlots Progress I. – Harmonic impression of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper. In the lower right corner of the paper-margin almost imperceptible tidemark. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format he maintained contrary to all later Hogarth editions in his first, earlier edition. For some sheets not published by Hogarth himself Cook became their first engraver, just as he also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg. – The first sheet of the set:
“ With pure, even gentle innocence of his heroine (Hogarth) starts … the daughter of a poor country preacher in Yorkshire … Yet what the maid lacks of high beauty is made up with great profit by higher health, naive simplicity, and gentle purity. Her propriety, as one can see, is besides that of a sturdy, neat, honest country damsel something could be made of – and just that will happen ”
The original paintings of this set of six stations in the life of a prostitute from about 1730 were destroyed by fire already about 1755 by the way.
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in the 3rd state of 1744. Inscribed: A Harlots Progress Plate 1. / † / Wm. Hogarth invt. pinxt. et sculpt. 12⅝ × 15¾ in (32 × 39.9 cm).
Nagler 17, 1; Illustrations Hogarth Catalog of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 57 (4th state), Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, 13 (this state), Bindman, Hogarth and his Times, 1997, 32 (1st state). – Fine, contrast-rich impression, perhaps from the complete edition Boydell published 1790-1809. – On buff, virtually extremely wide-margined paper. In the margins minimally fox-spotted, upper right rather faint tidemark. Several smaller tears below backed acid-freely.
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– – – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching, supposedly 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 buff, extraordinarily wide-margined paper.
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– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 7. / A Harlots Progress Plate 1. 8¼ × 10½ in (21 × 26.8 cm).
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 7. / A Harlot’s Progress Plate 1. / W. Hogarth inv. pinx. Riepenhausen f. 7¾ × 9⅝ in (19.7 × 24.5 cm). – Impression on especially strong paper, supposedly about 1850. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and not least for being in the original direction they are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
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– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 13. / Der Weg einer Buhlerin. 1tes. Blatt. 7¾ × 8⅜ in (19.8 × 21.3 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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