William HogarthPaul before Felix 1752-62

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William Hogarth (1697‑1764)
Paul before Felix
Date 1752-62
MediumEtching and engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 384 x 508 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the reference collection 1973
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T01805 Paul before Felix 1752–62

Etching and engraving 384×508 (15 3/4×20) on paper 467×619 (18 1/2×24 3/8); plate-mark 428×523 (16 7/8×20 5/8)
Writing-engraving ‘And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and Judgment to come, Felix trembled.|Engraved by W.m. Hogarth from his Original Painting in Lincoln's Inn Hall, & publish'd as the Act directs,Feb.5.1752.|Plate2
Transferred from the reference collection 1973
LITERATURE Oppé 1948, p.46; Paulson 1970, I, pp.217–18, no.192, II, pls.207, 280; C. Whitfield, ‘William Hogarth's “Paul before Felix” at Lincoln's Inn’, Burlington Magazine, CXII, 1971, pp.210–14

Hogarth's original painting for this was executed in 1748 for Lincoln's Inn, where it still hangs. His assistant Luke Sullivan was first called upon to make an engraving after it, based on a drawing by Hogarth (in reverse to the painting) now in a private Scottish collection (Whitfield 1971, fig.54). Hogarth introduced in it several changes to the composition, and then set the resulting print aside as unsatisfactory. It was later issued with the same publication date as Hogarth's own engraving here… (read more)

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