C1822
 (1820)

The Good Samaritan

Hogarth had wanted to make a generous gesture to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, but also hoped to show that an English artist could produce works in the grand historical style. Illustrating the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan the print reflects … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Good Samaritan

Date:

C1822
 (1820)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

540mm 
x 410mm

Paper Size: 

650mm 
x 495mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Good Samaritan - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

Hogarth had wanted to make a generous gesture to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, but also hoped to show that an English artist could produce works in the grand historical style. Illustrating the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan the print reflects the spirit of the Hospital in caring for the sick and injured.

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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