C1822
 (1822)

Frontispiece and Tail Piece to the Artists' Catalogue 1761

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Hogarth introduces three dwarfish importations of decayed Nature, to indicate the state of those old and damaged Pictures which are venerated merely for their antiquity, and exalted above all modern productions, from the name of a great Master, rather than … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Frontispiece and Tail Piece to the Artists’ Catalogue 1761

Date:

C1822
 (1822)

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.
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Frontispiece and Tail Piece to the Artists' Catalogue 1761 - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

Hogarth introduces three dwarfish importations of decayed Nature, to indicate the state of those old and damaged Pictures which are venerated merely for their antiquity, and exalted above all modern productions, from the name of a great Master, rather than any intrinsic merit. To heighten the ridicule, he has given his Monkey a magnifying-glass that will draw forth beauties invisible to common optics.

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.

Artist:

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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