Size: Size of sheet 30.5 x 37.5 cm, print 20 x 27 cm (to platemark)
Age: Original engraving 1782, this is a print c1837 from the original plate
Condition: The print is in excellent condition, a clear impression with a good plate mark and margins. It comes from a portfolio which has been stored flat and not displayed since publication. The print is framed in a used "Hogarth" style frame, without mount, in the style in which it would have been framed originally.
This print was engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi at the request of William Hogarth's widow Jane, from an oil sketch by her late husband. The painting now hangs in the National Gallery. An engraving by one of the greatest artists of the 18th century by one of the greatest engravers.
Bartolozzi worked mainly in stipple engraving, which he effectively introduced to England. The technique invloves the use of small dots to create texrue and tone, rather than line hatching. This is a fine example which captues the texture of the oil painting well.
This copy was printed by Baldwin Cradock and Joy in 1835-1837, as part of their series of Hogarth's work, which they embellished with some prints such as this one which are not technically Hogarth's graphic work. The edition was issued as prints (ie not in book form) in paper wrappers. The print is of very high quality, on wove paper.
A great display piece and original work of art.