The Politician

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The Politician
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John Keyse Sherwin after William Hogarth
The Politician
London, Jane Hogarth Oct. 31st 1775
Etching and copper engraving, annotated in ink in a contemporary hand
Trimmed to platemark and laid onto old album paper
Hogarth's amusing sketch, originally executed for his friend Ebenezer Forrest (d. 1783). A bespectacled politician, possibly a portrait of a Mr Tilson a lacemaker in the Strand, sits at a table reading his newspaper so intently that he fails to notice that he has carelessly set fire to the brim of his tricorne hat with the candle which he hold in one hand.