William Hogarth, Foundling Hospital (Cook small)

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Several Children of the Foundling Hospital. The institute established by Captain Coram before which he himself figures with servant, mothers and not least numerous children. Above: Arms of the Foundling Hospital. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809., otherwise as above. Subject size 6¾ × 5⅜ in (17.3 × 13.8 cm).

Interesting with respect to the things the children hold in their hands as symbols of their future professions as sounding lead, trowel, spinning-wheel, model sheet, broom, mathematical instruments. Several already in sailor’s dress and waving at nearby ships. – Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

Offer no. 8,931 / EUR  43. (c. US$ 52.) + shipping

William Hogarth, Foundling Hospital (steel engraving)

– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840, but in reverse to the one above and without the arms. Inscribed: Das Findelhaus. / The Foundlings. 5 × 7¾ in (12.7 × 19.6 cm).

Offer no. 7,855 / EUR  65. (c. US$ 79.) + shipping

„ Lieber Herr Niemeyer, Ich freue mich über Ihr selten gewordenes Qualitätsempfinden! Ein einwandfreies Exemplar des Goltzius wäre mir schon auch lieber! MfG “

(Herr M. N., 21. April 2015)