Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). (Statuary’s Inn Yard.) Engraving. Inscribed: Analysis of Beauty. Plate I. / Designed, Engraved, and Published by Wm. Hogarth, March 5th 1753, according to Act of Parliament. 15⅜ × 19⅞ in (39 × 50.5 cm).
Hogarth Catalogue of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 191 + Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 76, each with illustration.
The first sheet of Hogarth’s artistic credo Analysis of Beauty that “stirred an immense sensation” (Th.-B.). – The statuary yard of his friend Henry Cheere at Hyde Park corner served as pattern of the place, “recalling Clito’s yard which was the setting of Socrates’ discussion of beauty in Xenophon’s Memorabilia” (Cat. Tate Gallery). Among the different groups of figures that of judge Bathurst signing a death penalty (appearing again in “The Bench” of 1758) whose train is carried by a boy armed with a gallows. The multitude of the also anatomic small marginal pictures numbered consecutively as well.
Impression on sturdy 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 , 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”]). – Upper right with faint tidemark in the wide white margin, just affecting the outmost corner of the image. A quite minimal further one in the upper left paper corner. Two tiny tears in the outer margin backed acid-freely.
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