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William Hogarth was an English painter and printmaker who poignantly commented the English society of the eighteenth century with biting satire. The career and life of Hogarth were as unusual as his prints.

William was born as the son of a shopkeeper (his mother) and a schoolmaster and publisher. The youth of William was overshadowed by the chronic financial problems of his father, who was even imprisoned because of his debts. This humiliating experience formed Hogarth for the rest of his life.

Hogarth started an apprenticeship as a silversmith in 1714, but never finished it. He then tried his luck as an independent engraver for copper plates. His early commissions were for cards, book illustrations and single prints. In 1720, he registered at the John Vanderbank Art Academy. Around 1726 or earlier, he was taught painting by James Thornhill whose daughter he later married. He earned some reputation for theater decoration paintings.

Hogarth experienced his first big financial success with A Harlot's Progress, a series of paintings from which he produced engravings in 1732. Only the engravings survived. The paintings were lost in a fire in 1755.

A Harlot's Progress is a set of 6 prints about the hapless life of a prostitute. It was a completely new kind of genre prints that were referred as moral history subjects.

After the big success of A Harlot's Progress, Hogarth published a male counterpart series, A Rake's Progress - a story in eight plates showing the decline of a promising young man into a life of drinking and immoral behavior.

In 1743, the painting series Marriage à la Mode was completed. It is considered his masterpiece. In Marriage à la Mode Hogarth turned his satire on the follies of the upper classes. The theme of this series is about marriage for money. Although the prints of Marriage à la Mode sold well, the paintings did not. Therefore all prints designed afterwards, were created exclusively as print designs without any painted counterparts.

In 1747 followed the series Industry and Idleness, a moral story of an idle and an industrious apprentice in twelve plates.

In 1753 Hogarth wrote his book The Analysis of Beauty, a wrap-up of his artistic and esthetic principles.

Hogarth was a very controversial and individual character. Driven by a sense for justice, he missed no chance to get into a quarrel with his contemporaries. His most hated enemy was the British politician John Wilkes, whom he had ridiculed in one of his engravings. William Hogarth died on October 26, 1764.

William Hogarth (Portrait with his dog Trump)
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"William Hogarth"
(Portrait of Hogarth with his dog Trump)

(Heath edition 1822)

An original copperplate engraving — over 195 years old.

Sheet size: approx. 17 1/4 x 23 1/8 inches

Condition: Fair/Good—with significant foxing in margins as is typical with this print, since it was the first in the volume and had contact with the acidic covers that bound the volume; short tears at bottom margin; soft crease upper right margin just ouside of image area – again very common with this print as it was the first in this very large volume and frequently has issues due to handling of volume.  A very nice, dark impression!

$225


William Hogarth (Portrait with his dog Trump)
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"William Hogarth"
(Portrait of Hogarth with his dog Trump)

(Heath edition 1822)

An original copperplate engraving — over 195 years old.

Sheet size: approx. 17 1/4 x 23 1/8 inches

Condition: Fair/Good—with significant foxing in margins as is typical with this print, since it was the first in the volume and had contact with the acidic covers that bound the volume; Minor foxing within image area; tears to left margin; soft crease upper right margin and upper left margin – again very common with this print as it was the first in this very large volume and frequently has issues due to handling of volume.

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Portrait of William Hogarth with his dog Trump
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"Hogarth"
From the original Picture by Himself
in the National Gallery
Under the Superintendance of the
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Engraved by J. Mollison
Published by Wm. S. Orr & Co, London
early to mid 1800s


Sheet size:approx. 7 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Condition: Good/Very Good, with mild foxing.

$25


Portrait of William Hogarth with his dog Trump
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"Hogarth"
From the original Picture by Himself
in the National Gallery
Under the Superintendance of the
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Engraved by J. Mollison
Published by Charles Knight,
Ludgate Street & Pall Mall East
early to mid 1800s


Sheet size:approx. 7 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Condition: Good/Very Good, with mild foxing, left edge browned.
[same engraving as to left, but different publisher].

$25


Portrait of William Hogarth with his dog Trump
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"William Hogarth"
(Portrait of Hogarth with his dog Trump)

(unknown publication, but probably from "The Works of William Hogarth" by the Rev. John Trusler published by Jones & Co., Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, London, circa 1833)

Sheet size: approx. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Condition: Poor, with damp staining, foxing, smudges, etc.

$10


Portrait of William Hogarth with his dog Trump
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"William Hogarth"
(Portrait of Hogarth with his dog Trump)

from "The Works of William Hogarth" by the Rev. John Trusler published by Jones & Co., Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, London, 1833

Sheet size: approx. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Condition: Fair to Good: minor foxing: please see enlargement

$25


The Celebrated William Hogarth
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"The Celebrated William Hogarth, Esq."

"W. Hogarth se ipse pinx 1745"
"Etched by J. Mills, 1808"
(unknown publication circa 1808 by Alex. Hogg & Co.)



Sheet size: approx. 6 x 9 3/4 inches

Condition: Very Good; light foxing in right margin; upper left corner lightly creased.

Portrait of William Hogarth from Universal magazine 1700s
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"William Hogarth"
"Eye Nature's Walks, shoot folly as it flies,
And catch the Manners living as they rise." Pope

Printed for I Hinton, at King's Arms,
in Paternoster Row

Engraved for the Universal Magazine
(circa 1780-1790)


Sheet size:approx. 4 3/4 x 7 inches
On nice chain-laid 18th century paper

Condition: Very Good/Excellent, with very mild foxing.

$55

Portrait of William Hogarth from Universal magazine 1700s
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"Hogarth"

R. Sands sculp.
Published by Vernor, Hood & Sharp
Poulby?, Jany 1, 1801


Sheet size:approx. 4 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches
On wove paper

Condition: Very Good/Excellent, with a natural paper wrinkle in mid-right margin.

$25


Portrait of William Hogarth from Cabinet Series lithograph
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"William Hogarth"
Cabinet Series

unidentified source
lithograph or early photo-lithograph (no offset printing dots) probably mid 1800s


Sheet size:approx. 4 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches
On thick card

Condition: Good, somewhat grubby.

$45


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