The distrest poet [graphic] / invented, painted, engraved & published by Wm. Hogarth December the 15, 1740, according to act of Parliament.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker.
[London] : [Wm. Hogarth], [15 December 1740]
1 print : engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 358 x 409 mm, on sheet 471 x 601 mm
Title engraved below image. State from Paulson. Originally published in 1736 as: The Distressed Poet. "Price 3 shillings"--Following statement of responsibility.
In an alcove on the right in an untidy garret, a man in a dressing-gown scratches his head as he writes on a sheet with the title "Riches a Poem". In the center of the image his wife is seated as she mends a pair of breeches; at her feet a cat and her kittens are curled up on the man's coat. Under the sleeve of the coat on the floor is an issue of "Grubstreet Journall." She looks to the door on the left where she is confronted by a milkmaid who holds a lengthy tally; the daisies in her bonnet suggest Michaelmas day when bills are due; she also is shown with a yoke across her back. Just inside the doorway a dog snatches the single pork chop from a plate on a chair; the cupboard above the door stands open to show empty shelves. Behind the poet, a baby lies in a bed crying. Above the poet's head is a print 'A View of the Gold Mines of Peru." Above the mantel is a "dare for larks" -- a circular mirror surrounded by eight smaller circular mirrors.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist. Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird,--Baron,--1780-1826--Ownership Perrins, Charles William Dyson,--1864-1958--Ownership. Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership. Steevens, George,--1736-1800--Ownership.
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Sotheby 29++ Hogarth 740.12.15.01++
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2309 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 145
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