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Britannia
before the Referendum

or discussing to and fro
William Hogarth, Canvassing for Votes
From Canvassing for Votes as plate II of Hogarth’s Four Prints of an Election

of the pros and cons
of the Brussels Stays

There it’s appreciable of course that not in all lands one is inclined to sound out the opinion of the people, nevertheless concedes them to bring otherwise essentials, although pure only, to the mouth and for the rest prove grateful. As, for instance, for the Purity Decree for German beer. Its 500th anniversary niemeyer’s certainly commemorated about a week ago. And, once elated, sticks to the subject and has all the above result bettors and speculators taste pictorially for what John Bull opted on previous occasion. For instance about 250 years ago. When a really great one took the Brits’ measurements and showed all the world by paint-brush and chisel the ways, byways and wrong tracks of

Beer
William Hogarth, Beer Street
Happy Produce of our Isle

or
A Representation of John Bull in his Happiest Moments

“ What principally bears the bell with us, is the porter brewed in London: a wholesome cordial that taken in moderation, recruits the spirit of the working man, and renews that, strength which labour impairs. Pity ’tis it should be burthened with any tax! ”

(Trusler, here vol. I, pp. 95 f.)

And so, as Louis XIII of France once replied when asked if he were talking about God, I mean Cardinal Richelieu, this is not quite the same (after Hilliard Todd Goldfarb [ed.], Richelieu – Art and Power, German edition Cologne 2002), so niemeyer’s doesn’t mean Gambrinus, but Hogarth, William Hogarth, the unrepeatably stupendous among the connoisseurs of human nature, the character draughtsmen of the British Isles, and not only of these. Like a golden thread his œuvre is pervaded by a number of works in which Happy Produce has its part, now dominant, now marginal, yet always deliberate. To meet these in their oils requires grace. And in their graphical renderings, and the one or other exists in these only anyway, the favor of the moment, today this, tomorrow that, ultimately rather a hotchpotch, patchy in quality & preservation. If one indeed wants to have it, as a collector once confessed here … Then one rather takes the whole in uniform reproduction of

The Works of William Hogarth.

With Descriptions, in which are pointed out many beauties
that have hitherto escaped notice,
with a Comment of their moral tendency, by the Rev. John Trusler

with its 158 copper plates

(subject size c. 6¾-7⅝ × 4½-6½ in [17-19.5 × 11.5-16.5 cm], upright and oblong) by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818, “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too”, Thieme-Becker), 32 of which together with his son.

Here in its new , revised and corrected edition of 1827

The Works of William Hogarth

in brown-red long-grained ,
richly gilt contemporary morocco .

And this then the stages of said beery thread:

England’s “Beef & Beer give heavier Blows”

William Hogarth, France

France & England I
Louis XV’s invading army hopes for treats , that is

“Old England’s Beef and Beer!”

William Hogarth, England

France & England II. – “… soon we’ll teach these bragging Foes
That Beef & Beer give heavier blows
Than Soup & Roasted Frogs …”

William Hogarth, Farmer's Return

“The Drunkard shall come to Poverty ,
William Hogarth, Industry + Idleness I
& drowsiness shall cloath a Man wth rags”

No foaming Porter
William Hogarth, Rakewell in Schuldhaft
for Rakewell in the Debt Prison

but

A Porter for the Musicians
William Hogarth, Strolling Players
while
William Hogarth, Strolling Players
the Actresses dress

To which fine picture niemeyer’s has to add
The Unbent World
William Hogarth, Second Stage of Cruelty
of the Drayman

showing the drayman fallen asleep on his fully loaded cart, running over a boy while besides the bung of one of the barrels has got off, letting the much demanded thirst-quencher run onto the street.

“The drayman – so Lichtenberg –
supposedly can comfort himself about the unlucky boy,
William Hogarth, Second Stage of Cruelty
yet will harbor quite different feelings
about the suffered (beer) damage.”

Wonderfully infuriated, however, Hogarth himself
with
“The Bruiser, C. Churchill … Regaling himself”
William Hogarth, Bruiser

This “in the Character of a Russian Hercules”

The writer Charles Churchill, whose Epistle to Hogarth had incensed the master, in the character of a stout Russian bear whose sole diet appears to be full-flavored porter.

The rarer sheet for which in the rush (August 1763) the self-portrait of 1749 had to serve from which Hogarth right away removed himself to place the antagonist into the oval. Ennobled thereby

The English Beer —
for those who cherish the strong . Far to the East .

The series – except for 5 signed and dated in the plate – was created 1806-09 as commented compact edition. The reference on the title to (Samuel) Davenport (Bedford 1783 – London 1867) as co-engraver correct at most in respect of the few unsigned plates. One plate with the additional printer’s sign Bishop. Present edition had been preceded by the large one worked by Cook father alone in Hogarth’s original size between about 1795 and 1803 as not repeated by anyone after him. His significance as Hogarth engraver especially stressed by Thieme-Becker. Several works not or not anymore published by Hogarth himself became known through him only.

Present collection pretending to be a complete edition – “The Works … containing one hundred and fifty-eight Engravings” – although not with the risk of such daring plates as Before and After or even Charity in the Cellar with its authentic high-ranking philanderers, published only by Baldwin & Cradock in 1837 in the large-sized original edition with the remark “added to our present edition … not to be found in any other of the collected works”. The patron of those plates, Gustavus, the 2nd Lord Viscount Boyne, besides represented with a portrait in this edition. Shortly,

at first just ( !! ) longing for the beer,

it’s in the end an enticingly rich stimulant for hours off all rush

and , even more so , constant illustrative access

along with the comprehensive plate descriptions set in fine large typography in always direct neighborhood to these, thus both together quite comfortably.

And all this in Anthony Peacock’s

with 9½ × 11¾ in (24 × 30 cm) unusually wide-margined copy

with his engraved armorial ex-libris

Ex-libris Anthony Peacock

Be just and fear not!

The bindings somewhat timestained and especially at the joints and leading edges rubbed, on the boards slight traces of scratches or rubbing. Two leaves of the biography with restored tear of c. 9 cm caused by the binding. The plates of particularly the first volume mostly minimally to a little foxing indeed, yet even less on the face and ultimately almost negligible. Only the portrait frontispiece of the 1st volume more. The printing quality itself excellent with the already mentioned splendid wide margins. The text – watermarked Rye Mill 1826 – of generally great freshness.

Offer no. 28,358 / EUR  910. / export price EUR  865. (c. US$ 934.) + shipping

However, if it absolutely shall be just the one or other of the beery – and certainly others, too ! – sujets, sound things out with niemeyer’s. Not with each, but with most they will be able to help. For

www.william-hogarth.com

obliges .


“ the book has arrived! Many thanks for your helpfulness! Have a nice day, and kind regards ”

(Mr. S. S., May 9, 2016)