William Hogarth

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William Hogarth
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Benjamin Smith after William Hogarth

William Hogarth

London, Thomas Cook, October 21st 1805

Copper Engraving

400 x 300 mm


A copy in reverse of Hogarth’s exceedingly rare self portrait, with his dog Trump. He has depicted himself half length, in an oval canvas resting on a pile of books, wearing a fur ‘montero’ cap and his painter’s overall. On the left sits his pugdog Trump and on the right is his palette and his Line of Beauty. Hogarth later destroyed this plate during a temper tantrum, replacing his image in the oval with that of Charles Churchill as a ragged drunken bear and transforming the plate into his most savage and embittered satire The Bruiser. See Paulson 181