C1756
 (1820)

The Pool of Bethesda

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

$A 125

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S/N: HOGA-152–196893
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Full Title:

The Pool of Bethesda

Date:

C1756
 (1820)

Artist:

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Description:

In The Pool of Bethesda Hogarth depicts the story from the New Testament when Christ moves amongst a gathering of ‘impotent, blind [and] withered’ sufferers at the sacred pool of Bethesda, whose waters, when disturbed by the seasonal visit of an angel, supposedly had the power to cure the first person who entered them (John 5: 7). Hogarth focuses on the central moment of this parable, when Christ miraculously heals a lame man whose poverty and disability had precluded him from ever enjoying the pool’s benefits.

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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