Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Characters and Caricaturas. C. 100 profiles over three character heads by Raphael and four caricatures of Cavalier Ghezzi, Annibale Carracci and Leonardo, in the intention to show that the depiction of contemporary characters were his matter, but not caricatures. Etching. Inscribed: W Hogarth Fecit 1743. 9⅛ × 8⅛ in (23.3 × 20.7 cm).

The subscription ticket for the Marriage set. – 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”]).

Offer no. 7,840 / sold

– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: 3 Characters. / 4 Caricaturas. / Hogarth pinxt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Novr. 1st. 1807. / T. Cook sculpt. Subject size 4⅝ × 6¾ in (11.6 × 17 cm).

Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format – in this plate in reverse – 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. Here present in Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

Offer no. 8,937 / sold

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