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THE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH, from the Original Plates Restored by John Heath.
London. Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. 1822. Large folio 26x19 inches, Binding worn with boards detached. xi, 52 pages and 119 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES with 155 engraved images including 2 portraits of Hogarth. Complete- good dark impressions on thick paper. Condition - clean but for some spots to the outer margins of about 6 plates. A good copy for binding or breaking. William Hogarth (1697-1764) - Hogarth's extraordinary career began with his apprenticeship to a silver engraver in Cranbourn Street. He soon turned, however, to designing and engraving plates for the print and book publishers. In 1729 he eloped with Jane Thornhill, daughter of the eminent painter Sir James Thornhill, and in 1730 decided to set up on his own, publishing and selling his own prints himself. Thus he was able to take control of his own work, altering and improving his plates as he wished. Artistically and historically Hogarth's influence is incalculable. He strove to depict the burning moral issues of his day, trying through his art to bring about social reform. He raised the status of engraver from printseller's hack to respected independent artist and established satirical engraving as an distinct art, thus paving the way for the later work of James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson et al. At Hogarth's death (1697-1764), all his copper plates that had remained within his control, passed to his wife Jane. Mrs Hogarth continued to issue prints from the plates until her own death in 1789, whereupon they were inherited by her cousin Mary Lewis, who sold them to the eminent publisher John Boydell in exchange for a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Charles Russell, ABA, ILAB, est 1978 [cirencester, United Kingdom]
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