C1822

Some of the Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon ......

This is Hogarth’s daring attack upon the English ruling middle-class point of view. Playing on the wordly operations of these celestial figures, it depicts lings, bishops and lawyers as empty, mechanical forms having the power to manipulate but being composed … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Some of the Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon ……

Date:

C1822

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Original copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 240mm

Platemark Size: 

305mm 
x 275mm
AUTHENTICITY
Some of the Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon ...... - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

This is Hogarth’s daring attack upon the English ruling middle-class point of view. Playing on the wordly operations of these celestial figures, it depicts lings, bishops and lawyers as empty, mechanical forms having the power to manipulate but being composed only of the symbols with which they are decorated.

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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