The bench [graphic] : of the different meaning of the words character, caricatura and outrè in painting and drawing / design'd & engrav'd by W. Hogarth.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] publish'd as the act directs, 4 Sep. 1758
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; sheet 30.9 x 20.7 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 3662 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 205 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 205
Title etched below image. Print made from two plates; image and text on separate plates. State and publisher from Paulson. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Only visible plate mark is between image and text. The judges were identified by Nichols (Biographical anecdotes) as William Noel, Sir John Willes, Henry, Earl Bathurst, and Sir Edward Clive. See British Museum online catalogue. George Steevens bequeathed this collection to William Windham. At Windham's death, the collection was sold on 20 July 1810 to Mrs. Windham and passed down through the Windham family to R.W. Ketton who sold it at Sotheby's 17 February 1919 to Dyson Perrins. Sotheby's sale including Property of the Late C.W. Dyson Perrins, Esq., June 11, 1959, lot 100 bought by W.S. Lewis via Maggs Bros. On page 1 of volume 3. With ms. note in pencil in Steevens's hand below print lower right: 2nd state.
In the bottom row four bewigged judges, three of whom are asleep, are seated on the bench in Westminster Hall. In the top row are eight caricatured heads, two representing one of the judges below, the others, two versions of the lame man in Raphael's Sacrifice at Lystra (extreme left) and apostles in Leonardo's Last Supper. The lengthy text explaining the character, caracatura, and outrè etched on a second separate plate below plate with image begins: There are hardly any two things more essentially different than character and caracatura ...
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1758 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1758 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1758
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