C1822

The Beggars Opera

Hograrth’s satire on Gay’s “Beggar’s Opera”. In the foreground a group of animal-headed singers portraying the principal characters are shown on an outdoor stage beneath which Apollo and a muse are lying, a lyre and guitar beside them. In front … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Beggars Opera

Date:

C1822

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 230mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Beggars Opera - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

Hograrth’s satire on Gay’s “Beggar’s Opera”. In the foreground a group of
animal-headed singers portraying the principal characters are shown on
an outdoor stage beneath which Apollo and a muse are lying, a lyre and
guitar beside them. In front of the stage a group of musicians play
simple instruments: bagpipes, a salt box, a jew’s harp, a dulcimer, a
bladder and string.To the left, a group of noblemen raise their arms
admiring the performance; a crowd of women stand on the right, and in
front of them a fat butcher and another man are seen in shadow. Behind
the stage, to left, theatre boxes are crowded with an audience chiefly
of ladies, and below is a wall hung with ballads against which two men
urinate and defecate. In the centre background, is a street (perhaps
intended as a backcloth) with an inn sign and gallows. To the right, is a
conventional stage on which the Italian opera is evidently being
performed and men appear to be pressing money on a woman singer. An
angel carrying a ribbon lettered “Harmony” flies off at top right, and
above is a ribbon lettered “et cantare pares et respndere parate”. Four
lines of verse beneath. 

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.

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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