The times. Plate I [graphic] / designed & engraved by W. Hogarth.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] published as the act directs Sepr. 7, 1762
1 print : etching and engraving on heavy laid paper ; plate mark 24.9 x 30.7 cm, on sheet 30.0 x 39.0 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 4, no. 3970 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 211
Title devised by cataloger. Series title etched below image. Third state as described by Paulson, with the figure of Henry VIII transformed into a portrait of William Pitt. Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 Nov. 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-79. Purchased as a bound collection of 97 prints with Sotheby bookplate; disbound January 1984. Formerly owned by Frederick Edward Sotheby of Ecton, Northants, 1837-1909. 1 print : etching and engraving ; plate mark 247 x 308 mm, on sheet 264 x 330 mm.
A defense of the unpopular ministry of John Stuart, third Earl of Bute, Hogarth takes off from a print published in August 1762 "John Bull's House sett in Flames". He depicts a London street scene in which the half the buildlings are in flames as the political factions either stir the flames or are battling to extinguish them. The fire is the Seven Years' War and the houses, Germany and France; the two men clasping hands are France and Spain who had recently joined in the fight against England.
Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792 Cities & towns Fire fighting Firefighting equipment Fires Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778 Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 Signs (Notices) Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century Engravings -- England -- London -- 1762 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1762 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1762
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