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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
The Embarkation of the Pressed Sluggard
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Idle ‘Prentice turn’d away and sent to Sea. Accompanied by his weeping mother Tom Idle who lost his apprenticeship is rowed to a men-of-war lying at anchor. While one of the sailors leisurely rows to his pipe, the two other Jack tars show Tom the usual means of those days to keep order among the crews pressed in all dives: the cat-o’-nine-tails and the just occupied gallows at the opposite bank. Thus rope’s end, knout, and fetters in the left image lining, contrasting scepter, sword, and golden chain on the right. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 5. / Engraved by T. Cook / Published by T. Cook; Islington; and G. G. & J. Robinsons, Paternoster Row. December 1st. 1795. 11⅞ × 14⅜ in (30.1 × 36.4 cm).
Industry & Idleness V. – Marvelously contrast-rich impression on buff paper. In its downright luxuriously wide white margin a few weak foxing spots and upper right slight tidemark. Beyond that – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in the original size. – Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker).
(caption of a lithograph).
The master’s famous, most popular suite, showing by example of two apprentices in a weaving mill as one of the main branches of industry in his days the chances of their life as well as the temptations detrimental to their career :
Calculated for the use & Instruction of youth
(Hogarth in his Autobiographical Notes).
(Bachofen-Moser, William Hogarth in the Art Gallery Zurich, 1983, p. 98).
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– – – The same in Hogarth’s own etching in an impression from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]). Inscribed: Design’d & Engrav’d by Wm. Hogarth / Plate 5. / Publish’d according to Act of Parliamt. Sep. 30. 1747. 10½ × 13¾ in (26.8 × 35 cm).
Illustration Hogarth Catalogue Zurich, 1983, 57. – On wide-margined buff paper.
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– – – The same in Cook’s smaller repetition, but without verse and marginal emblems and with the series title as caption. Inscribed: Pl. V. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Sepr. 1st. 1807. Subject size 5¼ × 6⅜ in (13.2 × 16.2 cm). – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – – The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 31. / W. Hogarth inv. & pinx. / Pl. 5. / Riepenhausen del & s. 8⅞ × 11 in (22.5 × 27.9 cm). – Early impression. – Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings. – Illustration
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– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on slightly toned minor paper and a bit dull.
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– – – The same by Riepenhausen as before, but on especially buff paper, supposedly about 1850. – Very fine impression.
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– – – The same in lithography by C. C. Böhme. (1833/36.) Inscribed: 23 / C. C. Böhme lith. 8½ × 10⅛ in (21.5 × 25.6 cm). – Title – Faulhans geht auf die See – and extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 5⅛ × 6⅜ in (13 × 16.2 cm). – With title in German + English, but without verse and marginal emblems.
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