C1756
 (1820)

The Battle of the Pictures

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

This print was designed as a bidders ticket for the auction of the paintings, “A Harlot’s Progress, A Rakes Progress, The Four Times of the Day and Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn”. Suggested by Swift’s “The Battle of the … Read Full Description

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S/N: HOGA-050–195834
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Full Title:

The Battle of the Pictures

Date:

C1756
 (1820)

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Condition:

In very good condition

Technique:

Original copper engraving.
AUTHENTICITY
The Battle of the Pictures - Antique Print from 1756

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

This print was designed as a bidders ticket for the auction of the paintings, “A Harlot’s Progress, A Rakes Progress, The Four Times of the Day and Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn”. Suggested by Swift’s “The Battle of the Books”, it depicts Hogarth’s progressess, representing original British art, in unequal combat with conventional religious and mythological paintings of foreign manufacture, most of them fakes and imitations or copies.

Biography:

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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