Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). A just View of the British Stage, or three heads are better than one, Scene Newgate …. Rich stage properties scenery with the three actors in the center on the stage. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Design’d by W. Hogarth / Engrav’d by T. Cook. / London Published by G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row October 1st. 1802., title as above. 8⅞ × 10⅞ in (22.6 × 27.6 cm).

William Hogarth, A just View of the British Stage (Cook)

With 4-line caption: “This Print Represents the Rehearsing a new Farce that will include (i. a. ?) two famous Entertainments Dr. Faustus & Harlequin Sheperd, to which will be added … Ben Johnsons Ghost …” – Above trimmed within the wide platemark. – Contrary to all later Hogarth editions here in his original size. Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker).

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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own engraving (? inscription deleted). Inscribed: Design’d by W. Hogarth / …, title + caption as above.

William Hogarth, Just View of the British Stage

Nagler 9. – Fine 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 [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”]). – Above trimmed within the wide white platemark.

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– – – The same in Cook’s smaller repetition engraved together with his son, relinquishing the caption. Inscribed: A Just View of the British Stage. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook & Son sc. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1808. Subject size 5¾ × 6⅝ in (14.7 × 16.9 cm).

William Hogarth, Just View of the British Stage (Cook small)

Trimmed within the wide white platemark which is somewhat brown-stippled in the outer parts of three sides.

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Der hiesige Weihnachts-/Neujahrsgruß 2005 endete mit „In diesem Sinne recht schöne Weihnachtstage voll Harmonie und sammlungszugewandter Muße … “ , letzterer Wunsch in einer Grußerwiederung aufgegriffen wurde mit den Worten

„ das Gutwort des Jahres – sammlungszugewandte Muße – wunderbar, hab einigen LBA/Goethefreunden dieses Gutwort genannt. Sie haben in einer verwahrlosten Zeit ein ‚linguistisches Gespür’! “

(Herr R. K., 5. Januar 2006)