And yet it could all be so easy …

Moon Bliss

William Hogarth, Some of the Principal Inhabitants of the Moon (Cook)

The Spitting of the Money Machine

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Some of the Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon, as they Were Perfectly Discover’d by a Telescope brought to ye: Greatest Perfection since ye. last Eclipse; Exactly Engraved from the Objects, whereby ye: Curious may Guess at their Religion Manners, &c. (Royalty, Episcopacy and Law.) Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). (1806-09.) Inscribed with the text above. Sheet size 10¾ × 8¼ in (27.3 × 21 cm).

On a platform above the clouds as raised center figure the pope who lets the money machine spit by means of a prayer book – and thus demonstrating how even words can be turned into riches. At his right the monarch – his head being either a crown-piece or a guinea – receiving the moon ball as fief, additionally with symbols of fine arts. Enthroned on the left as the third of the alliance the law as the personified sword, not least a protector of prosperity figuring at its feet. Further two warriors and servants of the Lord. All by the way faceless.

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 within Boydell’s official edition of Hogarth’s works, just as he also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg. – Trimmed within the somewhat foxed or time-stained wide white platemark.

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„ Lieber Herr Niemeyer, vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort und Ihre Mühe! Die von Ihnen genannten Quellen (zur histor. Wolfs-Population in DE) hören sich sehr spannend an und sind sicherlich interessant für meine Arbeit … Ich freue mich sehr über Ihre Unterstützung! Herzliche Grüße aus … “

(Frau K. R., 25. Juli 2016)