C1805

THE BATHOS, Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings, inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures.

William Hogarth published his last engraving, The Bathos, or the Manner of Sinking in Sublime Paintings inscribed to Dealers in Dark Pictures, depicting Father Time lying exhausted in a scene of destruction, parodying the fashion at that time for &quotsublime&quot … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

THE BATHOS, Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings, inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures.

Date:

C1805

Condition:

Slight toning to outer sheet edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Original copper engraving.

Image Size: 

335mm 
x 325mm
AUTHENTICITY
THE BATHOS, Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings, inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures. - Antique Print from 1805

Genuine antique
dated:

1805

Description:

William Hogarth published his last engraving, The Bathos, or the Manner of Sinking in Sublime Paintings inscribed to Dealers in Dark Pictures, depicting Father Time lying exhausted in a scene of destruction, parodying the fashion at that time for &quotsublime&quot works of art, and satirising criticisms made of Hogarth’s own works. It may also be seen as a vanitas or memento mori, foreshadowing Hogarth’s death six months later.

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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