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Genuine, original William Hogarth engravings and etchings from Darvill's Rare Prints

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.

Six Tickets
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"Six Tickets"

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Etched by Joseph Haynes
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 24 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches
Plate size: approx. 21 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches

Condition: Very Good; overall age toning of paper, scattered foxing in margins

$125



"THEATRE ROYAL COVENT GARDEN FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. WALKER"
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THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN
FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. WALKER


Invented by Wm Hogarth, Etched by J. Sympson, Jr.
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 7 x 5 5/8 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; minor "plate rub" at the plate impression


THEATRE ROYAL April __ a Comedy with the Mock Doctor For the Benefit of the Author of the Farce
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THEATRE ROYAL
April __ a Comedy with the Mock Doctor
For the Benefit of the Author of the Farce


Invented and etched by Wm Hogarth
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 6 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; very light "plate rub" at the plate impression

$50


Theatre Royal Drury Lane Joe Miller Old Batchelor
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THEATRE ROYAL
DRURY LANE
THE OLD BATCHELOR
FOR THE BENEFIT OF JOE MILLER

Invented and etched by Wm Hogarth
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; minor "plate rub" at the plate impression

$50


authors benefit pasquin
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THE AUTHOR'S BENEFIT
PASQUIN
At ye Theatre in ye Hay-Market

Invented and etched by Wm Hogarth
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 7 x 6 3/4 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 6 x 5 3/4 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; minor "plate rub" at the plate impression and minor foxing upper right, mostly outside of plate impression

$50


John Shaw Ram Inn Girencester
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JOHN SHAW
RAM INN
GIRENCESTER

Invented and etched by Wm Hogarth
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 7 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 6 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; very minor foxing in lower margin, outside of plate impression

$50


James Figg Master of ye Noble Science of Defence
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James Figg
Master of ye Noble Science of Defence on ye right hand in Oxford Road
near Adam & Eve court teaches Gentlemen ye use of ye small backsword &
Quarters staff at home & abroad

Invented and etched by Wm Hogarth
(Heath edition 1822)

Sheet size: approx. 7 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches
Plate size (to plate impression): approx. 6 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Condition: Very Good to Excellent; very minor foxing in lower margin, outside of plate impression

$60



mock doctor
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"Theatre Royal
April ___ a Comedy with the Mock Doctor
For the Benefit of the Author of Farce"


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
(steel engraving)

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$25

 

The Author's Benefit Pasquin
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"The Author's Benefit Pasquin
At ye Theatre in ye Hay-market"


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
(steel engraving)

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$25


The Old Batchelor For the Benefit of Mr. Miller
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"Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
The Old Batchelor
For the Benefit of Joe Miller"


"The Complete Works of William Hogarth"
(Mackenzie, London, 1870)

Sheet size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
(steel engraving)

Condition: Excellent

(note: entire sheet is too large to scan)

$25

Ticket of the London Hospital
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Ticket of the London Hospital


"The Works of William Hogarth
in a Series of Engravings: with descriptions and a
Comment on Their Moral Tendency
by the Rev. John Trusler"

(Jones and Co., Temple of the Muses, (Late Lackington's), Finsbury Square, London, 1833)

Original 180+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
original text accompanies engraving

Please refer to detailed scan by clicking on thumbnail image provided.

$10

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