Size: Size of sheet 23.5 x 20 cm, print (oval image) 15 x 19 cm (the platemark is just smaller than the sheet and rectangular)
Age: Original engraving 1740, this is a print c1837 from the original plate
Condition: The print is in very good condition, a clear impression with a good plate mark. It comes from a portfolio which has been stored flat and not displayed since publication.
One of Hogarth's delightful small engravings. One would expect the print to be made for a wedding, since it depicts Hymen, the God of Marriage, with Cupid, sitting on a plinth with foliage and roses, in front of a grand house. However, it was used for a variety of other purposes during Hogarth's life.
This print was published in August 1740 as a ticket to a performance of the masque of "Alfred The Great, King of England", by David Mallet and James Thomson, at Cliveden House. The masque had music by Thomas Arne, and included "Rule Britannia".
The print was then used, unaltered, in 1757 as a subscription ticket for Hogarth's series of prints known as the Election series. Some copies exisit with the subscription details written on them in maunscript.
Finally it was used in 1762 as a subscription ticket for a raffle of one of Hogarth's paintings, Sigismunda (a painting Hogarth has failed to sell to the patron who originally commissioned it).
Further information on the print can be found in Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works, page 109/110 (the print is Paulson 151).
This copy was printed by Baldwin Cradock and Joy in 1835-1837, as part of their series of Hogarth's work, the last to use the original plates. The edition was issued as prints (ie not in books form) in paper wrappers. The print is of very high quality, on wove paper.
A great display piece and original work of art.