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William Hogarth
Pair: Beer Street & Gin Lane
London, 1822. This strong, large folio engraving is from "The Works of William Hogarth, from the Original Plates Restored by John Heath.". The work was published in London by Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy circa 1822 (though no date is listed). Each engraving has dark impressions and is on thick, wove paper. --- William Hogarth (1697-1764) apprenticed with a silver engraver at the start of his career. He soon turned to the art of engraving plates for print and book publishing. By 1730, Hogarth had set up his own publishing business and thus took control of his own work. His influence is immeasurable, as he used his art to try and bring social reform and depicted moral issues of his time. This helped him establish satirical engraving as a true art form. --- Hogarth's first real financial success occurred with his series entitled "A Harlot's Progress", which depicted the "hapless life of a prostitute." The original paintings for this were lost in a fire, so the engravings are all that remains. He then created a "A Rake's Progress", which depicted "the decline of a promising young man into a life of drinking and immoral behavior." "Marriage a la Mode" was considered his masterpiece. This work focused on the absurdity of the upper class and marriage for money. --- Eventually Hogarth's engravings were in the possession of Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy who employed engrave James Heath to strengthen of the few of the lines, and then published this work circa 1822. This Heath edition was the last to use his original engravings. --- Overall Very Good to Excellent. There is some smudging or i … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books [Franklin, TN, U.S.A.]
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