Catalogue entry

T03828 The Stay-Maker 1782

Etching 265×352 (10 1/4×13 7/8) on paper 352×403 (14 7/8×15 7/8); plate-mark 318×384 (12 1/2×15 1/8) cut at top margin
Writing-engraving ‘The Stay-Maker|From an Original Sketch in Oil by Hogarth in the Possession of Mr. Saml. Ireland|Etch'd by Jos. Haynes Pupil to the late Mr. Mortimer|Publish'd as the Act directs Feby. 1 1782 at No.3 Clements Inn
Transferred from the reference collection 1984

LITERATURE Nichols 1782, p.324; Dobson 1907, p.267

This etching is the earliest record of the original oil sketch now in the Tate Gallery (N05359), which has come to be known by the title of this print, although it probably belongs to ‘The Happy Marriage’ series. The print is also interesting in that it records Joseph Haynes as a pupil of the painter John Hamilton Mortimer (1740–1779).

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