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Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and Judgment to come, Felix trembled. While governor Felix is obviously impressed by the elocution of Paul, the prosecutor Tertullus is not. Engraving. Inscribed: Plate 3 / From the Original Painting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall, Painted by Wm. Hogarth., otherwise as above. 16¾ × 20¾ in (42.4 × 52.6 cm).

William Hogarth, Paul before Felix

Interesting variant to the second sheet of Paul before Felix. Contrary to that in the same direction as the painting, then in the inscription instead of “Engraved by Wm. Hogarth from his Original Painting …” here “From the Original Painting … Painted by …” as fully quoted above. The erased Pope verses still recognizable in outline as on that, too, otherwise before the addition of Felix’ wife missing in the 1st state however

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”]).

Offer no. 7,795 / EUR  322. / export price EUR  306. (c. US$ 370.) + shipping

“ … that I have received the parcel in good order. Very well and professional packed indeed. The litho of Mourot is according to my expectations. The drawing is rare. Colouring most probably same time … ”

(Mr. P. v. d. W., June 26, 2003)