Size: Size of sheet 26 x 33 cm, print (to plate mark) 22 x 30.5 cm
Age: Original engraving 1761, 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 most delightful small engravings, a work of his mature years.
This print was published on October 13th 1761 as a satirical comment on the fantastic wigs worn at the coronation (September 22nd) of George III and Queen Charlotte. A lovely comparison with today's interest in fascinators and other wedding frippery worn on at Royal weddings!
The full title is "The Five orders of Perriwigs as they were worn at the late Coronation, measured Architectronically". A series of wigs are shown from various aspects and given names (such as Aldermanic, Queerinthian) in parody of the five orders (Doric, Ionic etc.) set out under Palladian architectural rules. Down the left hand side the different parts of the wig are given quasi-architectural names. A copy of the print in the British Museum has the names of the wearers addedd in manuscript
The caption at the bottom is a parody of the announcement by James Stuart of his massive work on Athenian Architecture, which Hogarth believed (quite rightly) would take years to produce.
Further explanation of the detail in the print can be found in Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works, page 174/175 (the print is Paulson 209).
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.