The Farmer's Return

Title: The Farmer's Return
Date: 1762 (1822)
Artist: William Hogarth (1697-1794)
Image Size: 255mm x 220mm (10.04" x 8.66")
Sheet Size: 330mm x 415mm (12.99" x 16.34")
Technique: Copper engraving.
Condition: In good condition.
Stock Number: HOGA 115 (KIAY) (LF25) (1)
Price: $A 75
Scene from David Garrick's play 'The Farmer's Return from London. An Interlude';

Garrick, as the farmer, seated contentedly in a cottage kitchen, smoking a long pipe and with a tankard in his left hand, relating the story of his conversation with the Cock Lane Ghost to his family; at right, the farmer's wife reacts with horror, spilling an upheld jug, at left, a younger woman and small boy hold up their hands in surprise and fear; a cat in front of the fire at left;

From The works of William Hogarth from the original plates restored by James Heath : with the addition of many subjects not before collected, to which are prefixed a biographical essay on the genius and productions of Hogarth, and explanations of the subjects of the plates, by John Nichols.

William Hogarth (1697-1794)

Hogarth was born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs from 1710. He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was 'The Harlot's Progress' (1731), and perhaps the most famous 'The Rake's Progress'. His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.