C1822

A Chorus of Singers

First used as the ticket for “A Midnight Modern Conversation” this print was later combined with “The Laughing Audience”, “Scholars at a Lecture” and “The Company of Undertakers” as one of the set entitled Four Groups of Heads. The print … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Chorus of Singers

Date:

C1822

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

165mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Chorus of Singers - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

First used as the ticket for “A Midnight Modern Conversation” this print was later combined with “The Laughing Audience”, “Scholars at a Lecture” and “The Company of Undertakers” as one of the set entitled Four Groups of Heads. The print portrays a rehearsal of the oratorio Judith written by William Huggins, a frind of Hogarth’s and set to music by Wiliiam Defesch.

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.

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