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Thomas Cook after Hogarth - 1796 Engraving, A Rake's Progress: Plate I

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A fine copperplate engraving by Thomas Cook (1744-1818) after the famous series 'A Rake's Progress' by William Hogarth. In this, the first plate,Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son and heir of a rich merchant, has come into his fortune on the death of his miserly father. Inscribed to the lower edge 'Published June 2nd 1796 by G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, London'. Unsigned dated and inscribed. On wove.


In very good condition for a picture of this age. Some light discolouration and creasing. With plate lines.


31.4 x 38.6cm (12.4" x 15.2")
Sheet: 38.4 x 44.2cm (15.1" x 17.4")
Plate: 35.8 x 41.3cm (14.1" x 16.3")

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Sulis Fine Art is extremely delighted to present this expansive collection of engravings by and after the greatest image-maker of the 18th Century, William Hogarth (1697-1764). Many of the works are by Thomas Cook, who published them in his 1806 'Hogarth Restored', while others are from the original plates acquired by the publisher John Boydell in 1789, and the later Heath edition of 1822.

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Artist Biography

William Hogarth FRSA (1697-1765) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ranges from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures termed "modern moral subjects". He is perhaps best known for his series 'A Harlot's Progress', 'A Rake's Progress' and 'Marriage A-la-Mode'. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive and influential that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".

Born in London to a lower-middle-class family, Hogarth first took up an apprenticeship with a silver engraver, and later set up his own studio, primarily working in copper. His father underwent periods of mixed fortune, and was at one time imprisoned in lieu of outstanding debts, an event that is thought to have informed William's paintings and prints with a hard edge.

Perhaps most poignantly, the words of Charles Lamb encapsulate the work of Hogarth, as he described his images to be books, filled with "the teeming, fruitful, suggestive meaning of words. Other pictures we look at; his pictures we read."

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Code pu173
Artist Thomas Cook after Hogarth
Date 1796
Dimensions 31.4 x 38.6cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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