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HOGARTH, William (1697--1764)
[Hogarth's works.]
[London]: [1732--64].
[74] engr. pl. ; 58.2 cm. (2º).

A collection of Hogarth's engravings that was, according to a note in ink attached to the front free-endpaper ... Presented / by Mr Hogarth / to Doctr Shomberg, and acquired by Soane at the Revett sale (see below). Isaac Schomberg attended Garrick in his last illness. In the sale catalogue the volume is described in the title as 'Hogarth's Works, first impression of the Plates, a Presentation Copy; ...' but in the lot description merely as 'fine impressions of the plates'. Hogarth was issuing bound sets of his engravings as early as 1736, whether ad hoc or ready made up, and these continued to be issued by his widow after his death. The Soane volume (despite repairs to the binding shortly after purchase, see below) appears consistent with sets issued by Hogarth, with the larger engravings simply sewn together with protective sheets between to prevent offsetting, and the smaller ones mounted on binding leaves. See Ronald Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, 3rd rev. ed. (London 1989), pp. 18--20. Work remains to be done to identify the states of the impressions in the Soane volume, but the contents are listed in the binding order by their assigned pencil numbers and with their catalogue numbers in Ronald Paulson's catalogue raisonné in square brackets, as follows:
1 [204]: William Hogarth. 1764.
2-7 [121-126]: A Harlot's Progress
8-15 [132-139]: A Rake's Progress
16-21 [158-163]: Marriage-A-la-Mode
22-25 [146-149]: The Four Times of the Day
26 [127]: A Midnight Modern Conversation
27 [145]: The Distressed Poet
28 [152]: The Enraged Musician
29 [131]: Southwark Fair
30 [165]: David Garrick in the Character of Richard III
31 [180]: The Gate of Calais or The Roast Beef of Old England
32 [192/1]: Paul Before Felix (copy, engraved by Sullivan)
33 [192]: Paul Before Felix (dated February 1752)
34 [193]: Moses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter
35 [184]: The March to Finchley
36 [150]: Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn
37-40 [198-201]: An Election
41 [226]: Dr Benjamin Hoadly
42-53 [168-179]: Industry and Idleness
54 [214]: John Wilkes Esqr.
55 [166]: Simon Lord Lovat
56 [167]: The Stage-Coach
57 [191]: Paul Before Felix Burlesqued (fourth state)
58 [209]: The Five Orders of Periwigs
59 [205]: The Bench
60 [144]: The Company of Undertakers
61 [208]: Time Smoking a Picture
62 [211]: The Times Plate 1
63 [215]: The Bruiser
[blank leaf with traces of a detached plate, ca. 41.5 x 31.5 cm]
64 [185]: Gin Lane
65 [186]: Beer Street
66-69 [187-190]: The Four Stages of Cruelty
70-71 [202-203]: The Invasion
72 [206]: The Cockpit
73 [210]: Credulity, Superstition, and Fanaticism
74 [216]: Tail Piece/The Bathos
For further details see Ronald Paulson, op. cit. under the catalogue numbers. Soane's celebrated Picture Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields contains two of the three surviving series of paintings from which the engravings were made, those for 'A Rake's Progress' and 'An Election'; see Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths (London 1991; 2nd rev. ed., 2007). Additionally, framed engravings of 'The Laughing Audience' and 'The Chorus' hang on the north wall of the Dressing Room.

Copy Notes Bought at Christie's Revett sale, 26 June 1804 (q.v.), lot 133 for £29 8s. Loosely inserted an 'Index' to the engravings prepared by W.L. Spiers, sixth curator of the Museum.

Binding Early C19th russia calf and maroon diced calf, gilt-ruled inner and outer borders, marbled-paper panels on the boards, gilt-ruled, gilt-lettered spine 'Hogarth's Works / 1764', marbled edges. Payment of £2 2s. to J. Wingrave for '1/2 Bd Russia Extra Joints &c', 28 August 1804. (Archives 7/3/23). Rebacked in 1903 by a bookbinder from Messrs. Fisher.

Reference Number 5595


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