Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). (Four Heads from the Cartoons at Hampton Court.) Studies of heads. Engraving. Inscribed: Published as the Act directs May 11, 1781, by Mrs. Hogarth, at the Golden Head, Leicester Fields., otherwise as below. 8½ × 14 in (21.7 × 35.7 cm).

“ Mr. Walpole in his Anecdotes of Painting &. Vol. IV, p. 22. speaking of the Cartoons at Hampton Court, observes that Sir James Thornhill ‘having made copious studies of the heads, hands and feet, intended to publish an exact account of the whole, for the use of students: but this work has never appeared’.

William Hogarth, Four Heads from the Cartoons at Hampton Court

As the present plate was found among others belonging to the late Mr. Hogarth, it is not impossible but that it might have been engraved by him for his father-in-law Sr James’s intended publication. ”

Impression on strong, extremely wide-margined 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”]).

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– – – The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Heads from the Cartoons at Hampton Court. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809. Subject size 4⅝ × 6¾ in (11.6 × 17 cm).

William Hogarth, Heads from the Cartoons at Hampton Court (Cook small)

Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format 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, however. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

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„ das ‚Haupt-Schwein‘ ist gut … angekommen und gefällt … falls sich weitere Funde … auftun, freue ich mich über Ihre Nachricht “

(Herr W. S., 29. August 2002)