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William Hogarth, Lecture (steel engraving)

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Lecture (or The Lecture on the Empty Space). Henry Fisher (d. 1761), ordinary for philosophy at Jesus College and 1737-61 Registrar of the University of Oxford, before the learned audience “whose heads need no comment in regard of their expression”. Steel engraving. C. 1840. Inscribed: Die Vorlesung. / The Lecture. 7 × 5¾ in (17.8 × 14.5 cm).

The sarcastic plate – “besides it should … raise special interest in Germany” (Lichtenberg) – for which the vain Fisher even had sat for Hogarth. – Trimmed on the right image borderline.

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