“ The Innocent Plan
of a Landing in England ”
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Invasion. The invasion army of Louis XV during embarkation against England in 1756, reinforced by water soup (ranks) and frogs (officer), all enthused for the standard, however, by the promise
“ VENGENCE et le BON BIER et BON BEUF de ANGLETERRE ”
and by which the English soldiers and fresh recruits on the other side of the channel just support their defense powers. 2 sheet. Engravings by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: France (England) / Plate I(I.) / Designed by W. Hogarth / Engraved by T. Cook / (London) Published (June 1.st 1798,) by G. G. & J. Robinson Pater(-)noster Row(, London/December 1.st 1799). 12⅞-13¼ × 15¼ in (32.7-33.8 × 40 cm).
France & England. – Impressions of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper. Beside slight touch of foxing in the text and white lower margin several spots in the lower subject of the England plate as well. – 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.
“ With lanthern jaws and croaking gut / See how the half-starved Frenchmen strut / And call us English Dogs! / But soon we’ll teach these bragging Foes / That Beef & Beer give heavier blows / Than Soup & Roasted Frogs … ”
“ See John the Soldier, Jack the Tar … Should Mounsir dare come here! / The Hungry Slaves have smelt our Food / They long to taste our Flesh and Blood / Old England’s Beef and Beer ! ”
Garrick’s verses set below the engravings reflecting the situation of 1756 as
“ the mistress government of Louis XV (entertained) the innocent plan of a landing in England … Everything that is shown here was the common Englishman’s general conception of his neighbors in those days anyway … Who has seen the best-known cartoons of the time of 1792 till 1815 in the sequence, however, will very well recollect that in the generation following to Hogarth because of the war then John Bull no longer imagined the French as wretched skeletons and half-starved creatures ”
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etchings in wide-margined impressions from the plates 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”]). Inscribed: Desing’d & Etch’d by W.m Hogarth / Plate 1.st (2.d) / Published according to Act of Parliament. March 8.th 1756., otherwise as above. 12⅝ × 15⅛-15⅜ in (32.2 × 38.5-39.2 cm). – Nagler 44-45. – Illustrations Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, 84-85.
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– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version without the Garrick caption. Inscribed: France (England). / Hogarth pinx.t / T. Cook sculp.t / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. (Aug.st 31.) 1807. Subject 5½ × 6¾ in (14.1 × 17.1 cm).
Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 5-5¼ × 6-6⅛ in (12.7-13.2 × 15.3-15.5 cm). – Series title in German + English.
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“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”
(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)