HOGARTH, William (1697-1764). Painter and engraver.
Large etching signed in ink, a subscription ticket for two prints, 265 x 395 mm. (ca 10½ x 15½ inches), dated 14 May 1751.
The 'ticket' itself comprises the etching of 'Paul before Felix Burlesqued' )'Design'd and scratched in the true Dutch taste by Wm Hogarth'), and forms a receipt for the first payment from John Lane of 5 shillings for the prints of Moses brought to Pharoahs Daughter and Paul before Felix. Trimmed with slight paper loss to the end of the signature, one fold, lightly hinged to a protective mount.
Hogarth's painting 'Paul before Felix' was a boisterous take on the Raphael Cartoons, which had been commissioned for the great Hall at Lincoln's Inn in 1747. In the present subscription print (later sold as an engraving in its own right), Hogarth sends up his own send-up (in the third state the caption is altered to read 'Design'd & Etch'd in the ridiculous manner of Rembrandt').
With a folder of related material including engravings of the artist.
Anything written or signed by Hogarth is of extreme rarity on the market.