“ I see by this woman’s features
that she is capable of any wickedness ”
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Sarah Malcolm. The charwoman who killed three at once in three-quarter figure, sitting at a table, three days before her hanging. Between crime and penance a judging justice had set but 1 month. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: W. Hogarth (ad Vivum) pinxit. / Engrav’d by T. Cook / London Published by G. & J. Robinson Pater noster Row April 1st. 1802., otherwise as above. 8⅞ × 9 in (22.6 × 22.7 cm).
Very fine impression of fine chiaroscuro on buff wide-margined paper. Above trimmed within the wide platemark. – 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.
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in a harmonic, wide-margined impression 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”]). (1733.) Inscribed: W. Hogarth (ad Vivum) pinxit., otherwise as above. 9 × 9 in (22.8 × 22.8 cm).
Illustration with Hogarth’s caption as well as the price note in the upper margin both removed here on occasion of the 1997/98 English-North American touring exhibition in Bindman, Hogarth and his Times, no. 74a.
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– – – The same in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. Engraving. Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, March 1st. 1807., otherwise as above. Subject size 6 × 5⅛ in (15.1 × 12.9 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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