Always also a prime address for
1697 London 1764
Besides Hogarth’s own works
and those by the engravers employed by him resp. i. a.
c. 1744 – London 1818
– “ made his mark as Hogarth engraver , too ” –
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
“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”
(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)