Pair of extraordinary antique engravings designed by W. Hogarth and engraved by T. Cook known as: SURROUNDED BY ARTISTS (from THE RAKE'S PROGRESS series) and THE DISTRESSED POET. Both are good examples of Hogarth's work depicting moral subjects that show how excess leads to ruin. Hogarth's works are rich in meaning and fascinating to analyze. Below is a transcript of the text printed below each engraving:
SURROUNDED BY ARTISTS (from THE RAKE'S PROGRESS series). Text upper left engraving: Designed by W. Hogarth, Engraved by T. Cook. "Prosperity (with Harlot's smiles, Most pleasing when she most beguiles,) How soon Sweet foe can all thy Train Of false gay frantick loud and vain. Enter the unprovided Mind, And Memory in fetters bind, Load Faith & Love with golden Chain, And sprinkle Lethe ore the Brain! Pleasure on her silver Throne Smiling comes, nor comes alone, Venus moves with her along, And smooth Lyceus ever young, And in their Train to fill the Prefs, Come apish Dance, and swolen Excefs, Mechanic Honour, vicious Taste, And fashion in her changing Nest." PL.IL Published June 1st, 1796 by G. G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row London.
THE DISTRESSED POET. Text lower right engraving: Designed by W. Hogarth, Engraved by T. Cook. "Studius he sate, with all his books around, Sinking from thought to thought , a vast profund! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there; Then writ, and flounder'd on, in mere despair." Dunciad, Book I, line III. Published Oct 1st, 1797 by G. G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row London.
In good used condition with toning, minor foxing and imperfections as shown.
Measurements: Plate marks: 16 3/8 by 14 1/8" approximately.