An answer to the print of Iohn Wilkes Esqr. by Wm. Hogarth [graphic].
[London] Sold in Leicester Fields [6 May 1763]
1 print : etching on laid paper ; sheet 33.8 x 21. 7 cm
Bindman, D. Hogarth and his times, cat. 121 Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 4, no. 4051
Title engraved below image. Date from British Museum catalogue. "Price 6 pence"--Following imprint. Suckling; February 1960; Acquisitions no.: 960-2-1-16. Mounted on sheet: 36.2 x 23.2 cm.
"An etching of Hogarth seated at a table, holding in one hand a port-crayon, in the other his print of "John Wilkes E", to which satire this is a rejoinder. Tied to Hogarth's right elbow, as if it were an impediment or guide in the use of his skill, is a bag marked "300£ per ann for distorting features"; he has a pug nose, and an impudent, hard look; his feet are cloven like a satyr's; one of his legs is that of a satyr, and it tramples on the cap and spear of Liberty. His dog 'Trump' squats under the table, on which is a paint-pot containing "Colours to blacken fair carachters [sic]". A palette and sheaf of brushes hang off the collar of the Hogarth's dog; on the palette is the "Line of Beauty". The bag refers to Hogarth's appointment as Serjeant-Painter to the King. Behind Hogarth, an ape appears in the act of drawing or measuring a "Line of Beauty" on a canvas set on an easel. Likewise behind on the left, an ugly, skeletal, old, one-eyed woman in a fontange, her lean bust much exposed, holds a mirror and a fan. The woman may be a reference to Mrs. Hogarth. An owl is drawn on the back of Hogarth's chair.
Answer to the print of John Wilkes Esqr. by William Hogarth
Artists Artists' materials Dogs Hogarth, Jane Thornhill, 1709?-1789 Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 Owls Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Wilkes, John, 1725-1797
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1763 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1763
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