Too late the Conscience smotes
— Too soon the Police arrive
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Killing of the Earl Squanderfield. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by W. Hogarth / Engraved by T. Cook / Published April 1st. 1797 by G. G. & J. Robinson Pater-noster Row London. 15¼ × 18¾ in (38.6 × 47.6 cm).
Marriage à la Mode V. – Of fine chiaroscuro and – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original size. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). – The last but one plate of this
“ most beautiful painted satire of the century ”
(Dobson in Thieme-Becker).
The husband has disturbed the adulterous couple. With the result of a duel in which the Earl is wounded, and Silvertongue, in illuminating habit like that of the wife, is trying to escape through the window, but the guard comes promptly.
“ A recording painter is at hand in the form of St Luke in the picture above the door. It becomes clear in the print that the comically crude tapestry illustrates The Judgment of Solomon, as if to confirm the ludicrous fact that the imminence of death is needed to expose the truer love ”
(Hogarth Catalogue of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, p. 63).
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– – – The same in engraving by R. F. Ravenet. Inscribed: Engraved by R. F. Ravenet / Invented Painted & Published by Wm. Hogarth / According to Act of Parliament April 1st 1745. 10⅛ × 18⅜ in (38.5 × 46.8 cm).
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 51. – Harmonic wide-margined impression, 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”]). – The left platemark slightly pressed through and backed at the reverse by old, the white margin a little age-spotted here. Faint tidemark in the upper right side margin.
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– – – The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 25. / Plate 5. 8¼ × 10½ in (20.9 × 26.8 cm).
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 25./ W. Hogarth inv. pinx. / R. del. sc. 9¼ × 11⅛ in (23.4 × 28.2 cm). – Early toned impression. – A little tear just reaching to the wide lower platemark backed acid-freely. – 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 by Riepenhausen as before, but on slightly toned minor paper.
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– – – The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 11 / Die Heirath nach der Mode. 5tes. Blatt. 8¼ × 9 in (21.1 × 22.7 cm). – Extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
Offer no. 7,681 / EUR 95. (c. US$ 115.) + shipping
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(Mrs. J. C., May 8, 2010)