“ His  Knowledge  in  Ancient  and  Modern  Coins  was  very  extensive ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Martin Folkes. Half-length figure, slightly laterally to the right, punctuating with the right hand a thought of his. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Painted by Wm.. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook / Published August 1st. 1802. by G. & J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row., otherwise as above. 13⅜ × 9½ in (34 × 25 cm).

William Hogarth, Martin Folkes (Cook)

Folkes, expert of standing for coins, with The History of the English gold and silver Coins, from the Conquest to his own Time as the chief work, otherwise mathematician and researcher of the ancient age in general. President of both the Royal Society – whose member he became already at the age of 23 – and the Society of Antiquarians as well as the Académie Française. 1714 Folkes was married with the Haymarket and Drury Lane actress Lucretia Bradshaw.

Very fine impression of fine chiaroscuro on strong paper. In its downright luxurious wide white margin slight foxspots and two slight water marks. – 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.

Offer no. 7,584 / EUR  238. (c. US$ 288.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Martin Folkes Esq.

– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in a harmonic, wide-margined impression on strong paper 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 [1888], 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: Martin Folkes Esqr. / Wm. Hogarth Pinxt. et Sculpt. 13⅛ × 9½ in (33.3 × 24 cm).

Offer no. 7,856 / EUR  171. (c. US$ 207.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Martin Folkes Esqr. (Cook small)

– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Augst. 31st. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 5⅜ × 4⅜ in (13.7 × 11.1 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

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(Herr F. R., 29. Aug./2. Sep. 2013)