Here is a nice folio or reproduction prints from the Beggar's Opera for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
This folio was put out by the Harvard University Press in 1965. Compiled by Wilmarth Lewis and Philip Hofer. The folio is a compilation of reproduction prints from the original ones put out by William Hogarth and William Blake.
There are the complete 11 prints and the cover piece in the set. There was a booklet that is not with the set. The first 10 prints are in good condition. No foxing or brown spotting. The front introduction cover and the 11th print which is actually an engraving show some water damage.
The cloth folio the prints came in is worn along the side and shows discoloration on the front and back covers. Foxing and brown spotting on the inside of the case.
The folio is 21.5" tall, by 27" across, by 1.25" wide. A mild musty smell to the set from how it was probably stored at one time. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
Make sure that this item meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it.
Some information about the artist from our friends at Wikipedia;
1697 - 1764
Hogarth is best known for his series paintings of 'modern moral subjects', of which he sold engravings on subscription. The Collection contains the set called 'Marriage A-la-Mode'. Although pugnaciously hostile to Continental art, he succumbed to French influence. In 1753 he published his 'Analysis of Beauty', in which he stresses the importance of the serpentine line.
Detail from William Hogarth, 'The Painter and his Pug', 1745
London, Tate Britain
© Tate Gallery, London
Hogarth was born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs in about 1710. He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was 'The Harlot's Progress' (1731), and perhaps the most famous 'The Rake's Progress'. His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.
During the 1730s Hogarth also developed into an original painter of life-sized portraits, and created the first of several history paintings in the grand manner.
For those of you interested in William Hogarth's works, also see our listing #121553514522, which is a two volume book set of the steel engravings done by him. Just put this number in the search line and this set of books that are for sale separately will come up. Thanks.
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