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satirical print / print / book-illustration

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Cc,1.166

  • Description

    Tailpiece to the catalogue of the pictures exhibited by the Society of Artists, at their first exhibition in Spring Gardens; a monkey in the garb of a connoisseur holds a watering can in its left paw and squints through a magnifying glass held in the other, watering three withered stumps in flower pots labelled 'Obit 1502.', 'Obit 1600', '[O]bit [1]604', underneath which is a scroll lettered 'Exoticks'. 7 May 1761 Etching and engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1761
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 123 millimetres (cropped)
    • Width: 140 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image at left, 'W. Hogarth invt. et del.'; cut immediately below this
  • Curator's comments

    For comment on the Society of Artists and the catalogue, see Cc,1.163. Hogarth designed both the frontispiece (Paulson 236) and this tailpiece; the first plates wore down quickly due to high demand, and Grignion was employed to engrave second versions, for the second version of the tailpiece, see Cc,1.165.
    With the frontispiece and tailpiece, Hogarth contrasts the Society of Artists and its support of the moderns to the rival exhibition of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, held concurrently. While the frontispiece shows Britannia with her watering can encouraging the growth of the arts under royal patronage, the tailpiece has a connoisseur only interested in the antiquity of unnamed and in fact moribund works.

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  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 237 (first version) bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 244 (first version) bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 3809 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Post-binder)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date

    1761-1837

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Cc,1.166

Tailpiece to the catalogue of the pictures exhibited by the Society of Artists, at their first exhibition in Spring Gardens; a monkey in the garb of a connoisseur holds a watering can in its left paw and squints through a magnifying glass held in the other, watering three withered stumps in flower pots labelled 'Obit 1502.', 'Obit 1600', '[O]bit [1]604', underneath which is a scroll lettered 'Exoticks'.  7 May 1761 Etching and engraving

Tailpiece to the catalogue of the pictures exhibited by the Society of Artists, at their first exhibition in Spring Gardens; a monkey in the garb of a connoisseur holds a watering can in its left paw and squints through a magnifying glass held in the other, watering three withered stumps in flower pots labelled 'Obit 1502.', 'Obit 1600', '[O]bit [1]604', underneath which is a scroll lettered 'Exoticks'. 7 May 1761 Etching and engraving

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