Engraving on paper, the sheet 16 1/8" by 19" (18" by 20 1/2" as framed), the subject a bewigged magistrate type at his desk, surrounded by a salon of 18th century folk, the title line underneath beginning with "Here Justice Triumphs in his Elbow Chair.......". This is a moralizing work by one of the most famous satirists and social commentators of all time, WILLIAM HOGARTH of England (1697-1764). Hogarth was a painter as well, but it is for his satirical, widely distributed prints focusing on social misdeeds that his name is widely remembered today. Most are highly humorous and the topics addressed, such as drunken behavior, sexual dalliance, and so forth, are timeless. Hogarth also pioneered the use of sequential art---scenes presented in a chronological, comic strip type manner, to skewer social behavior in an entirely (then) new way. This print is apparently one of the later restrikes. The early original works I believe were on heavier, fluffier paper, and the plate mark imprint was deeper. The engravings were reprinted likely well into the 19th century so it is difficult to determine the date of this example. It is framed without a mat and was difficult to photograph due to harsh reflections. Disregard the bluish or violet colors which are just an effect of the camera. The print does have some foxing principally at top and along the plate marks, and there is a light handling crease at lower left visible basically in raking light. See the net for much, much more information on Hogarth and his place in western history. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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