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Hogarth, Four Prints of an Election  

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Four Prints of an Election

Hogarth, William


William Hogarth



A series of 4 copper-plate engravings. 40x53.2 cm (15¾x21"); sheet: 45.5x57.5 cm (18x22¾").  Engravings signed in plate. Comprising:

  • An Election Entertainment: state 8 (image sunned).
  • Canvassing for Votes: state 6. (mild sunning, a few marginal spots).
  • The Polling: state 2 (image sunned, a few stains and spots lightly affecting image).
  • Chairing the Members: state 3 (mild sunning, a few marginal stains).

"The general tenor of the Election prints and the issues at stake derive from the notorious Oxfordshire election of 1754. Although this was historically a last upsurge of Jacobitism, it was also a much-discussed example of the chaos that follows from the ambitious man's trying to win the support of a mass of people to gain power." According to Paulson An Election Entertainment was "Hogarth's most complex and worked-over engraving". Paulson 198-201.

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Sheets sunned to varying degrees, a few margin stains and spots; all prints matted with tape from reverse at top edge.

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