Sandtique Rare Prints
"AT PLAY IN THE CHURCH YARD" by William Hogarth -1861
RARE, ANTIQUE WILLIAM HOGARTH STEEL ENGRAVINGThis 150 year old lithograph is from the book "THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH" by Hogarth, dated 1861. The publisher was The london Printing and publishing Company.
William Hogarth (1697-1764) is regarded as both painter and social critic. A Londoner, he was apprenticed to a copper engraver, producing book illustrations and trade cards. He began to study painting in 1720, later marrying his tutor's daughter, and first made his name as a portraitist. Not until the 1730s did he begin the works which he regarded as "moral subjectsÉ similar to representations on the stage", the first series of six, The Harlot's Progress, being followed by The Rake's Progress, Marriage ˆ la Mode, and others. All are intended to teach by example. Intended by Hogarth as moral tales, his paintings and engravings are today recognized as important historical and social documents.
This engraved print has an image that is about 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" on a leaf or page that is 8 1/2" x 11 1/2". It is in very good condtion. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift for a print collector or a fisherman.
The print that is being sold is of "THE IDLE 'PRENTICE AT PLAY IN THE CHURCH YARD".
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On Feb-08-13 at 15:19:35 PST, seller added the following information: