Catalogue entry

T01798 Moses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter 1752–62

Etching and engraving 390×505 (15 3/8×19 7/8) on paper 465×619 (18 5/16×24 3/8); plate-mark 426×526 (16 3/4×20 11/16)
Writing-engraving ‘And the child grew & she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter & he became her son. And she called his name Moses.|From the Original Painting in The Foundling Hospital Engrav'd by Will.m. Hogarth & Luke Sullivan.| Published as the Act directs Feb.ry 5 1752
Transferred from the reference collection 1973
PROVENANCE Unknown
LITERATURE Paulson 1970, I, pp.218–19, no.193, II, pl.208

Engraved after the painting Hogarth presented to the Foundling Hospital in 1747, where it still hangs. It was first published in 1752 as a companion to ‘Paul before Felix’ (T01805). Both prints were re-issued in 1759 with the addition of some disparaging remarks about the paintings from Joseph Warton's ‘Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope’, published in 1756, engraved at the bottom. They were issued again with the remarks erased after Warton had offered an apology in the second edition of his ‘Essay’ in 1762. Both this print and T01805 are from this last issue (fourth state, according to Paulson), after the lines relating to Warton had been removed.


Published in:
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988