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Always also a prime address for

William Hogarth
1697 London 1764

Besides Hogarth’s own works
and those by the engravers employed by him resp. i. a.

Thomas Cook’s
c. 1744 – London 1818

– “ made his mark as Hogarth engraver , too ” –

(Thieme-Becker)

first-class representations

in qualities shining in splendid chiaroscuro

from the edition of 1795-1803 as the only equal-sized engravings besides Hogarth’s original edition, also meeting with approval by a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg. For the common market in 1806-09 Cook let follow an edition of smaller format, partly worked together with his son, which, even though the one or other point could only be suggested anymore, leaves nothing to be desired in wealth of detail.

Further the very popular etchings by the engraver of the university at Göttingen

Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen
1765 Göttingen 1840

Hogarth engraver of standing

and friend of Gottfried August Bürger’s, from 1794-1835, not least for being in the original direction partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings, to which

Lichtenberg’s texts becoming part of the immortal Hogarth

were added as well as sheets from numerous other editions of medium and smaller size including lithographs with in most cases extensive German caption à la Lichtenberg.

“ Farewell , great Painter of Mankind !
Who reach’d the noblest point of Art ,
Whose pictured Morals charm the Mind ,
And through the Eye correct the Heart .

“ If genius fire thee , Reader , stay ;
If Nature touch thee , drop a tear ;
If neither move thee , turn away ,
For Hogarth’s honour’d dust lies here . ”

Garrick’s epitaph to Hogarth
as the great actor’s reverence for the brother in mind


„ Wegen der Eile – das Werk soll Anfang nächster Woche verschenkt werden – würden wir Kurierdienst bevorzugen … Der guten Ordnung halber hier unsere Bestätigung, dass Ihr Paket … wohlbehalten bei uns eingetroffen ist … Wir würden die Verpackung ungern öffnen, weil das gute Stück gleich wieder auf Reisen gehen soll … “

(Herr F. R., 29. Aug./2. Sep. 2013)