William Hogarth, Funeral Ticket

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Funeral Ticket. Invitation form for the attendance at a funeral service. 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 and below resp. Subject size 6⅜ × 7⅜ in (16.3 × 18.6 cm).

Pictorially  richly  designed , rare  business  art  work  for the undertaker Humphrey Dren and there at the time of present version of the engraving still in use. Shows a rich burial procession before the entrance of the church. Below the data to be completed manually:

“ You are desired to Accompany ye Corps of (…) from h(…) late Dwelling in (…) to (…) on (…) next at (…) of the Clock in the Evening. Perform’d by Humphrey Dren Undertaker, in King-Street Westminster. ”

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. Present here in his popular smaller, later version. – Trimmed within the wide platemark and in this minimally timespotted.

Offer no. 9,015 / EUR  95. (c. US$ 115.) + shipping

„ … zugleich bedanke ich mich für alles, was Sie im alten Jahr für mich getan haben. Mit vielen Grüßen Ihr … “

(Herr W. W., 20. Dezember 2008)