after the party is before the hangover
1730 in Merry Old England
“ is so much immersed in the flames
which rage on the (southern) continent
that he does not notice
the closer flame
which threatens him .”
2011 in Good Old Germany
« The (above) figure is a man from the middle classes …
It shall be the portrait of a trimmings maker
and be from the year 1730
as one can see from the clothes and the rapier .
For English commentators say with regard to the latter :
in those years the tradesmen had all carried that weapon
to protect themselves and their property against thieves
with worse police , as later ,
the streets of the capital
had become highly insecure »
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
1697 London 1764
“ … unrivall’d stands and shall engage
Unrivall’d praise to the most distant age ”
An Epistle to William Hogarth
The Politician. Reading the newspaper, holding the candle close to his eyes for better reading while not becoming aware of how it burns through his hat. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809., otherwise as above. Subject size 7 × 5⅝ in (17.8 × 14.3 cm). – Illustration above
Cook’s (“made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too”, Thieme-Becker) smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark. – Barely perceptible slight fold in the lower image/platemark.
Published posthumously only the drawing alludes to the circumstances about 1730. The politician – by the way the then well-known London lace dealer Tibson – looking fascinatedly at the continental events of which the paper reports, while
disregarding his own nearest problems
indicated by his burning hat .
“ As everybody knows the English were the only nation in Europe in the past century up to the French revolution of which the greater populace could take a vivid interest in political events due to the circumstances which resulted from the constitution and the laws … Thus (Hogarth) has drawn here a figure at which still others can be edified by in states in which
the proper people are not granted any part in the administration
no more than an opinion about it …
By the way this idea (of the hat catching fire at the reading) was not new; for there is a quite well-known caricature on William III (a painting by Schalchen) who sets fire to his hat by reading dispatches, an image the Tory party staged against the king,
who threw the influence and the power of England
into the scales
to check the ambition of Louis XIV on continental Europe. By it it should be said that
the king pays more attention to the affairs of foreign countries
than the … danger … which menaces in the interior of the state
which he causes just by his exterior politics ”
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« My Lord ,
what shall become of Germany »
« Germany ,
the cheeks colored up hectically ,
staggered then on the height …
Today it tumbles …
over one eye the hand
and with the other
into the horror …
When will … a wonder
which is beyond faith ,
the light of hope dawn ?
A lonely man
folds his hands
and says :
God may be merciful to your poor soul ,
my friend , my fatherland »
Berlin, Aufbau-Verlag, 1954
you make your bed
so you lie there ”
Bert Brecht , Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny , 1930.
Mahagonny , where it is deadly sin not to have money.
And Jimmy , their lawmaker , has none anymore in the end.
Honi soit qui mal y pense
Tail Piece. / The Bathos, or Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings, inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures. The end of Everything. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). 1798. Inscribed: Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook. / Published by G. G. & J. Robinson Pater-noster Row December 1st. 1708. (recte 1808), otherwise as above. 13⅜ × 14½ in (34 × 36.7 cm).
« Will the crisis
of the monetary union lead to a political union ?
At least the governments of the eurozone
set the course for this direction .
Yet no one talks
of a European constitution or a European parliament
elected on democratic principles
( one person – one vote ) .
The louder European solidarity is conjured up .
Actually solidarity is turned upside down
if countries like Slovenia shall pay
for heavily indebted countries with higher standard of living …
Who wants to introduce the political union
on crooked ways
could ultimately divide Europe »
Crisis of the Monetary Union: Europe on Dangerous Paths
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
October 12, 2011
Hogarth catalogue of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 222, + Hogarth catalogue Zurich, 1983, 94, both the Hogarth version of 1764 and with ills.; Christoph Wulf, Dying Time, in Anthropology. A Continental Perspective, 2013, p. 133, ill. 5.1 (this copy). – Extensive caption with – besides verses by Tacitus and Maximus Tyrius – important reference to Analysis of Beauty by two cone figures on the sides. While the right one quotes figure 26 of that the similar left one is new since
“ did not occur to the Author, till two or three Years after his publication of the Analysis, in 1754 ” (recte 1753). It is
“ The Conic Form in which the Goddess of Beauty was worshipd by the Ancients at Paphos in ye Island of Cyprus. / See the Medals struck when a Roman Emperer visited the Temple. ”
In their intactness these cones have only seemingly nothing in common with the main picture above. For
“ The allegory has also a personal application. Hogarth characteristically regarded the eclipse of his artistic ideal and his own decline as the collapse of the universe and the end of the world. Time expiring bequeaths every atom of himself to Chaos. His testament is witnessed by the Fates ”
(Cat. Tate Gallery). And the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of Nov. 8, 1997:
“ Rarely an artist has said goodbye to the world that movingly. ”
It is Hogarth’s last graphic work, seven months before his death. Artistically a recourse to Salvator Rosa the title is based on Pope’s poetical counterpart “Peri Bathous” as itself “a parody of Longinus’ ‘Peri Hypsous’”. Correspondingly Lichtenberg overweighs this aspect compared with the ultimate message:
“ A ridicule of the so-called academic school of painters … As known they pleased with allegories and compositions mixing up mythology of the ancient ages and newer conditions. ”
The scenery itself of an unheard of radicalism .
Since also and especially those attributes otherwise signaling the ending of the times are affected by the ruin: Scythe and hourglass are broken here as are crown, pipe, palette, bottle, bell, the pub “The Worlds End” with the burning globe as its plate, the church as several other symbols of Vanitas. The clock lost its hands, the trees are as dead as the hanged man – and Phoebus in the burning celestial chariot together with his horses,
all of them tumbling down to the bottomless abyss .
Finally Saturn himself as god of the time – the winged death – as of the wealth founded by agriculture breathes his last “Finis” while his last will – witnessed by the three Fates Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos – slips from his hand: All and every Atom there of to Chaos. Shortly “H. Nature
With the exception of the man in the thin crescent of the decreasing moon who still seems to be alive a bit. As also the gallows are standing fast. For “this it seems also the coming world cannot do without” (so on the lithograph by Heintz). To increase the bathos a few puns have been mixed in the whole mess: a cobbler’s end and last resp., a rope’s end, and the candle’s end.
Wonderful , only slightly later copy of brilliant chiaroscuro
and adequately wide margins and freshness of this fine print by Cook who “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too” (Thieme-Becker). As the only one of the posthumous editions he stuck to the original size. – With watermark “1811 W Balston”; cf. the double mark “J Whatman & W Balston 1813” Heawood 117. – In the right far margin two small slight tidemarks. The partial little foxing on the back perceptible quite minimally in just two spots in the heaven’s part.
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« Art does not reproduce the visible ;
rather , it makes visible »
– The same in Thomas Cook’s smaller repetition. Inscribed: The Bathos. / Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Nov. 1st. 1807. Picture size 6⅛ × 6¾ in (15.6 × 17.2 cm).
In the lower margin besides the title the two cones only, with no commentary, even without the reference “Fig. 26.”. – Very fine impression. – Trimmed within the extremely wide white plate margin which is somewhat time-stained below and on the right.
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– The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818-1823.) 7⅝ × 9 in (19.5 × 23 cm). – The pure picture only anymore and thus without reference to the Analysis. Upper right “44.”, lower left “Pl. 6.”. – “Very interesting edition” (Nagler) after the engravings in the Duke Albert collection.
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– The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, engraver at the university there). (1794-1835.) Inscribed: 44 / W. Hogarth inv. / R. d sc f. 8½ × 9¾ in (21.5 × 23.5 cm).
Early impression with distinct plate tone and extremely wide lateral margins. – Also the pure picture only. With respect to the wide lower plate margin it seems the lower margin’s arrangement was intended yet never done. Later the plate was trimmed below accordingly.
Riepenhausen’s Hogarth edition (“very estimable”, Nagler) is his main work, the plates of which partly are even preferred to Hogarth’s engravings.
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– The same in lithography by C. F. Heintz. (1833-36.) Inscribed: 34. / Das Ende aller Dinge (The End of all Things) / lith. C. F. Heintz, otherwise as above. 8⅛ × 8⅛ in (20.5 × 20.7 cm).
Also the pure picture only, yet with extensive caption à la Lichtenberg in German: “… Only one thing held on – The gallows. It seems also the coming world cannot do without, so it remains upright anyway …” – The really light foxing visible almost only against the light. – All in all good though not evenly tinted impression.
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« Pressburg just has to , as then Ireland ,
vote once more ,
now , that the last domestic obstacle
to the full exercising
of her ‹ European responsibility › …
has been removed »
What dare Slovakia!
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
October 12, 2011
But so far – so gathered from Berthold Kohler’s Lieberknecht gloss in the FAZ of Oct. 1, 2011 – it stands ,
the parliamentarian democracy
and niemeyer’s has its facets on sale , i. e. , more Hogarthiana for your wall, for your intellect
The Election of a Member of the Parliament
as the best-known graphic depiction of an election of a representative
Set of 4 sheet engravings by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinx(t). / T. Cook, sculp(t). / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees(,) & Orme(,) (May 1st. 1807 – Oct. 1st. 1809). Subject size 5¾-6⅛ × 7⅜-7¾ in (14.6-15.5 × 18.8-19.7 cm).
1. Humours of an Election Entertainment. – 2. Canvassing for Votes. – 3. Polling at the Hustings. – 4. Chairing the Members.
The famous set full of contemporary allusions present here in Cook’s small repetition belongs to Hogarth’s “most mature creations” (Thieme-Becker). Its origin in the classic country of parliamentarism imparts a particular significance to it. For it is at the same time – inspired by events in Oxfordshire during the elections of 1754, published 1755-58 – the portrait of not only corrupt politicians and parties, but of a rotten society as such. After all besides the usual feast and gorge documented on all plates as part of every election in Hogarth’s time bribery,
“ … first pursued systematically by Sir Robert Walpole and the Whigs, (was) practiced still far more scandalously than later; so it remained during the second half of the past century and till our days … Because then the possession of a parliamentary place was frequently regarded as a simple trade speculation, as the elected sold … his vote to the government for a sum of money, a sinecure, a post or a delivery, and thereupon could be re-elected by a rotten borough, a procedure which was so much easier as the minister Walpole had raised such a bribery of the members of the parliament – ‘every man has his price’ – literally to a system of government. Also Hogarth’s present plates give allusions of this ” (Lichtenberg).
A wag who thinks at this of the independence of the representatives, the obligation to vote for the party line, and the election tickets given away by the parties today. And of the disgust the class of professional politicians causes with today’s voters when Thieme-Becker sum up:
« If this nation is to be wise
as well as strong ,
if we are to achieve our destiny ,
then we need more new ideas
for more wise men
reading more good books
in more public libraries .
These libraries should be open to all —
except the censor .
We must know all the facts
and hear all the alternatives
and listen to all the criticisms .
Let us welcome controversial books
and controversial authors .
For the Bill of Rights
is the guardian of our security
as well as our liberty »
John F. Kennedy
as quoted by Saturday Review
October 29, 1960
“ … a delightful satire on the vice of bribery and
the demoralization of the people tied to that . ”
But beyond the fullness of allusions Hogarth puts a special stamp on the abjectness and venal partiality of the whole proceedings. As these plates, too, are together caricatures or parodies of classic – and by this pure and clean – works from the Renaissance and Baroque:
So the first plate up to the caption – not included in this version anymore – “He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me” after Leonardo’s Last Supper. Followed by plate two with the farmer being bribed by both sides as inversion of The Choice of Hercules.
The election itself in turn
taking up Tizian’s Presentation of the Virgin ,
with Britannia herself in a broken-down chariot
whose coachman plays cards on the box with the footman, trying – allegory of the actual election process in front – to cheat each other. The last leaf finally, the triumphal march of the elected new member of the parliament, even alludes to Alexander the Great in Le Brun’s Victory of Alexander over Darius. Wherein the imperial eagle there had to give way to a goose here. Which by that what it lets fall even anticipates the new member’s contribution to the parliamentary debate.
This embedding in the canon of timeless art imparting to the set together and contrary to Lichtenberg’s reading that the pictures and their details were intelligible only from and in their own time
their own timelessness valid through the centuries .
Which is even stressed by Hogarth’ often ambiguous or – depending on time and position – differently interpretable sarcasm.
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– The same. Set of 4 sheet steel engravings. C. 1850. Inscribed. 5⅛-5¼ × 6¼-6⅜ in (12.9-13.5 × 15.8-16.2 cm).
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« (T)his majority thinks
that the entire EUnizing
is a small addition
to the normal course of events .
Unfortunately , it is not so .
It is a revolutionary turn
of the normal course of events »
President of the Czech Republic
November 20, 2006
The “ Attempt to set despotism …
at the place of the legal forms ”
was then stopped by chief-justice Pratt
John Wilkes Esqr. The sitting portrait shows the editor of the North Briton Journal, little flattering, but true, in determined position with the hat of freedom on top of a long pole. On the little table at his side the notorious No. 45 of the paper tearing to rags the King’s Speech of George III, and the 17th issue in which Wilkes criticized the 1st sheet of Hogarth’s Times. Engraving + etching. Inscribed: Drawn from the Life and Etch’d in Aquafortis by Willm. Hogarth. / Publish’d according to Act of Parliament May ye 16. 1763., otherwise as above. 14 × 9⅛ in (35.7 × 23.3 cm).
Harmonic, wide-margined impression from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).
(publicist, 1727-1797, hero “of the even then highly important press”)
“ published … the paper ‘North Briton’ since June 1762 in which he sharply chastised the policy of the ministry (of Lord Bute) and even not spared the person of the king (George III). The Under-Secretary Halifax then issued in violation of the habeas corpus act a warrant which was not directed against a specific person, but against the authors of the paper in general (writers, printers, and vendors). W. then was imprisoned; the court, however, ordered his release … This result was insofar important for the whole of England as henceforth the warrants without name remained abolished. Thereupon W. arranged a reprint of the ‘North Briton’ … ”
(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI, 648 in great detail
and this still after 130 years !) .
“ … this portrait which perfectly represents the character of this man as it is passed on historically; one recognizes immediately the worn out rake without any principles, who used the people’s favor he obtained by circumstances and impudence for making money. One also recognizes beside the hypocrite in patriotism the pert cynic …
“ Hogarth has portrayed the figure when during the trial that made him the hero of freedom Wilkes was brought from the Tower to the Court of Common Pleas. One should take the picture for a caricature; but this is not the case for all contemporaries at once recognized the most perfect similarity … The sheet was published (on May 16, 1763) during the excitement the trial of Wilkes stirred up, and therefore had such a success that several thousand impressions were sold in the first week …
“ The personal character of Wilkes was not of the kind that a lasting esteem could have been bestowed on a man like him …
He lacked both consequence in political principles
as morality in public and private life …
As ruined rake he tried the path which was usual with the then composition of the parliament until the reform; he endeavored to get into the commons to receive a position from the government by selling his vote and by cleverly using it in the party battles … Pitt’s (William Pitt I, 1708-1778) brother-in-law and colleague, Lord Temple, admitted him, supposedly because he … believed he could use his skill with the pen in the then already highly important press …
is the jailer of freedom
the enemy of growth »
John F. Kennedy
Address before the General Assembly of the United Nations
September 25, 1961
“ He used the free press … His principal efficacy, however, started (June 1762) with his journal: The North Briton, (which) soon was recognized by the government (Pitt) as the most dangerous weapon of the opposition … By the king’s personal influence the government, however, was soon motivated to attempt the suppression of that paper … The secretaries behaved themselves in this affair in a way which
corresponded with the king’s inclination to despotism ;
they applied an old legal procedure that had been used in such cases during the tyrannical age of the Stuarts. The Under-Secretary of the Interior (Halifax) issued a so-called general warrant … Wilkes was arrested … This legal procedure was not customary since long and was against the habeas corpus act. Wilkes knew this very well … One brought him into the Tower, yet soon one had to bring him before the court of the Common Pleas where the
chief-justice Pratt pronounced the illegality of the arrest
so that the court decreed his release. The court had acted in this all the more foolishly as statesmen of different kind, as people which belonged to the plain mob, or who represented Wilkes for party considerations, also took up the cause of this man for they justly recognized in that trial an attempt
to set despotism in the legal procedure
at the place of the legal forms ”
(Lichtenberg whom the republic still remembered unsuspectingly-thankfully at the bicentennial of death).
Judged without respect of the person, see above, and the institutions. And in such a way a didactic example by history, a quality seal for the quality of the blindfold of Justice,
promoting in the people sense of right , even more , certitude of right .
And thereby not least an attack against political weariness as emanation of the feeling of a “rotten society” as Hogarth also exposed in his Four Prints of an Election so strikingly. By which this, rendered into the respective today, once more proves himself as of
outright terrifying timelessness and topicality .
And the résumé on Wilkes as downright an invitation for the sharpening of the knowledge of human nature ?
But yes indeed, his undisguised aim it was to make his fortune in the political party battles. When he finally had achieved this aim by the lucrative position of the Chamberlain of the City of London and had established himself comfortably in this, “his former friends requested to no avail” of him to further take care of their aims, withdrew thusly and – so the incorruptible Lichtenberg furthermore – “was no more recognized till his death in 1797 … with the exception of 1780 where he, by the way, played an honorable role … ”
“ One recognizes in him the impure character who used the excitement of the people and the popularity effected by this for his advantage, and who withdrew immediately when he had achieved a lucrative position. ”
And concerning his followers he is said to have asked his competitor, colonel Luttrel, on the election platform on occasion of his second candidacy for the parliamentary seat of Middlesex
if among his (Wilkes’) followers within the assembled election folks there were
“ more fools or rascals ”.
“ The colonel replied: ‘I will say this immediately so that you are done.’ – When, however, he noticed that Wilkes remained calm he added: ‘You could not think to stay here just one more hour if I make your words known.’ – ‘Quite so, you would not live any moment longer.’ – ‘How that?’ – ‘I would say you had lied, and the mob would slay you in the instant.’ ”
So far the election campaigner Wilkes. Yet, it shall be placarded for a third time, he gave chief-justice Pratt the occasion to stop the
“ attempt (by the government) to set
despotism … at the place of the legal forms ”
as illegal .
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– The same in engraving by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765 Göttingen 1840, university engraver there). Inscribed: 56 / W. Hogarth del. 1763. / R. f., otherwise as above. 9¼ × 7⅜ in (23.5 × 18.6 cm). – Shining impression on especially strong paper, supposedly a special edition about 1850. –
Riepenhausen’s engravings after Hogarth (“very estimable”, Nagler) belong to his chief work and not least for being in the original direction they are partly even preferred to Hogarth’s own engravings.
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– The same in lithography. (1833/36.) Inscribed: Johann Wilkes. / Lith. v. C. F. Heinz. 9⅞ × 5¾ in (25.1 × 14.5 cm). – Extensive, though incorrect and perverting resp. caption in German.
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“ The most thoroughly hated statesman
of his day ”
(Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911)
The Right Honble. Henry Fox, Lord Holland. Half-length portrait. Etching by Joseph Haynes (Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 1760 – Chester 1829). Inscribed: Pubd. as the Act directs Mar. 19th. 1782, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅝ × 7⅛ in (24.3 × 18.2 cm).
“ From an original Portrait in Oil by Hogarth in the Possession of Mr. Saml. Ireland, etched by J. Haynes Pupil to the late Mr. Mortimer. “
Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, (1705-1774), devoted supporter of Sir Robert Walpole and together his most docile pupil in the arts of high politics, was i. a. member of the cabinets of the Duke of Newcastle and the Earl of Bute. As speaker he could take on Pitt. For putting through in parliament in 1763 the Treaty of Paris, which together with the Treaty of Hubertusburg ended the Seven Years’ War, he was raised Baron Holland of Foxley, Wiltshire. Two years later, however, Fox was forced out of the office of the Paymaster of the Forces he had held since 1757 and which had earned him a fortune. Though he could clean himself from the accusation of fraud in the years following, the further promotion to earldom was denied to him and he died sorely disappointed in Holland House as “the most thoroughly hated statesman of his day” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911).
Impression on strong, extremely wide-margined paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).
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« Without debate ,
without criticism ,
no administration and no country
can succeed —
and no republic can survive »
John F. Kennedy
Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association
April 27, 1961
The House of Commons in Sir Robert Walpole’s Administration. Interior during a session with designation of the notables. Stipple by A. Fogg. Inscribed: Engraved by A. Fogg. historical Engraver. / to his Royal Highness Prince Wm. Frederick. / London Published Novr. 1. 1803. by E. Harding, No. 100, Pall Mall, otherwise as below. 21⅜ × 15⅞ in (54.3 × 40.4 cm).
“ To the Right Honble. Earl Onslow. This Plate representing the House of Commons in Sir Robert Walpole’s Administration. Is with Permission dedicated by his Lordships most obedient humble Servt. E. Harding. From an original Picture painted by Hogarth, and Sir James Thornhill, in the collection of Earl Onslow. ”
Among those portrayed in the center the presiding Rt. Hon. Arthur Onslow himself. At his side Robert Walpole, in the rows in the middle distance further Sydney Godolphin, Sir Joseph Jekyl, Colonel Onslow, Sir James Thornhill as well as at the table in front Edward Stables Esq. and Mr. Aiskew as Clerk and Clerk Assistant of House of Commons resp.
Harmonic, wide-margined impression on strong paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]). – Two margins with little fox-spots.
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– The same in engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / First Published in 1803, by Mr. E. Harding. & copied by his permission. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809., otherwise as above. Subject size 6½ × 5⅜ in (16.6 × 13.8 cm). – Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
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– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840. 6½ × 4⅞ in (16.4 × 12.3 cm). – Title in German + English.
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« At any rate there just has to be an end
to this subversive talk about and mocking
at the blessings
of the real existing Europeism .
The sister nations of Europe really may not be
‹ set at each other ›
by such anti-European propaganda .
That of course is not our expression ,
of Mrs. Lieberknecht »
( CDU prime minister of Thuringia )
Don’t crack Jokes – Otherwise you are sent to Brussels
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
October 1, 2011
The Power and the Parliament
Cromwell’s Symbolic Reichstagsbrand
Burning ye Rumps at Temple-Barr. Down with the rump parliament. The 1653 symbolic burning of the parliament that in 1648 Cromwell cleaned of its Presbyterian members as a milestone for his further show of power. It then executed Charles I instead of holding negotiations with him and thus rang in the Puritan republic which itself almost turned into a Cromwell monarchy. Place of the event of 20 April the London gate Temple Bar. One of the iconoclasts with the convenant of the Presbyterian Scots in his hands, another one holding up the banner:
Down with the Rumps .
Etching + engraving. (1726.) Inscribed: 11 (by the publisher) / W. Hogarth Inv. delin. et sculp. (in the subject border below right) / Burning ye Rumps at Temple Barr. 10⅞ × 20¼ in (27.7 × 51.6 cm).
HUDIBRAS XI. – Nagler 10-11; Hogarth Catalog Zurich, 1983, ills. 11 (2nd state , inscribed “in the subject below left”!). – 6-quatrain caption abridged from Butler’s poem. – Impression on strong paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).
HUDIBRAS “ is a vulgarized (English) Don Quixote , a dewitted Rabelais ” (Laaths, Geschichte der Weltliteratur, 1953, p. 375), a “satiric scourge” (Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., III, 693/I) on the politically just sacked Puritanism and the best-known work of its creator esteemed by Charles II,
And Brecht 81 years before
« Here , comrades , is a sign
on which stands :
it is prohibited tonight
to sing what is funny »
Also that Jimmy ,
Mahagonny’s own lawmaker ,
and was chastised .
No , no ,
it’s not supposed that then was talked about
Mrs. Lieberknecht yet
SAMUEL BUTLER (Strensham, Worcestershire, 1612/13 – London 1680), as result of his impressions in the employ of Cromwell’s Colonel Sir Samuel Luke, “at which religious and political sects were about” (Meyers). Remaining incomplete the first two parts of the epic were published in 1663/64, a third one in 1678, then, joined, long-lived through the centuries.
The Hudibras set – Thieme-Becker judge – is “of decisive significance for Hogarth’s development.
Here lies the key to the understanding of the satirist H. ”
(Thieme-Becker XVII , 300/II).
The scenically rich plate
about the practice of power to deal with insubordination .
“ The negotiations the parliament had entered with the (imprisoned) king (Charles I) meanwhile (in 1648) and which were drawing to a close caused new acts of violence by the army after Cromwell was back from Scotland … and in such a way on 6 & 7 December
the parliament had been brought to heel
by expulsion of all Presbyterian members ”
and demoted to the “Rump Parliament”, only
“ to scatter the rest by musketeers ”
five years later for another reason, what is subject of the sheet here, while Cromwell stationed himself at the lead of a new executive board, ergo over the parliament. In which he had already practiced eight years ago. Then when in April 1645 for thoroughly given timeless reason he took care of parliamentary integrity, causing resignations, by the so-called
Bill of Self-Denial
according to which
“ no member of parliament
may hold a civil or military post ”
“he himself maintained the command of the mounted troops, the second post in the army, by saving clause”. Nevertheless,
“ but the posterity get to the opinion that C. was one of the most essential founders of England’s greatness and one of the most outstanding statesmen of all times ”
(quotes from Meyers Konvers.-Lex., 4th ed., IV , 344 f.).
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– The same. Engraving by Thomas Cook (ca. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Pl. XI. / Hogarth pinxt. / HUDIBRAS. / T. Cook & Son sc. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, May 1st. 1808. Subject size 4⅜ × 7⅝ in (11.2 × 19.5 cm).
Cook’s popular later, smaller version with the caption being replaced by the series title. – In contrast to the Hogarth engraving, surely worked in reverse (repeated left-handedness) as in many cases, here in correct sense as known for Cook. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark and this chiefly in the outer part slightly foxed and browned resp.
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And who is willing to listen he listens :
Last Station before the Debtor’s Prison
Near-Arrest for Debt. It is March 1st, birthday of Queen Caroline, spouse of George II, and Rakewell is on his way to St. James’s. What does not keep the beadles of the law from stopping his sedan in the open street and presenting to the getting out Rakewell the arrest order – but for this time the purse of Sarah Young, the disgracefully left former mistress, still helps. On the left side in the background St. James’s Palace and White’s Coffeehouse, in front of which several further sedans. On the left a Welshman with the leek of St. David’s Day at his hat. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Drawn by Wm. Hogath (sic!) / Engraved by T. Cook. / Published October 1st. 1796 by G. G. & J; Robinson, Paternoster Row, London. / Pl. IV. 14⅛ × 16⅜ in (35.8 × 41.7 cm).
The Rake’s Progress IV. – With multi-lined caption. – After the yet unchanged sunny first state (ills. Hogarth Catalogue of the Tate Gallery, 1972, 72a), thus without the street urchins added by Hogarth in the 3rd state only and without the lightning at the sky, otherwise – contrary to all later Hogarth editions – in his original folio size. – Of very fine chiaroscuro.
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– The same in engraving by Carl Heinrich Rahl (Hoffenheim 1779 – Vienna 1843). (1818/23.) Inscribed: 16. / Pl: 4. 8¼ × 10⅝ in (20.9 × 27 cm). – With the lightning & the street urchin sujet added in the 3rd state only with, not least,
the newspaper reading little politician
studying his Farthing post
“ There is a lot of warmth and domesticality
past all description in the little statesman .
He does not hear the thunder of the skies ,
and does not see the thunderbolt of London’s police …
Is it possible
to look at the politics of one’s fatherland with great pleasure ? ”
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« Europe’s future has to be a
Europe of the law and the reign of law .
However , the razing of the law
by the Central Bank ,
the heads of states and governments
and the European Commission
must be ended »
Member of the German Bundestag
- Almost 240 years later, Robert Murray will title chapter XV of The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (2002): The Chaos to come.↩
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