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Hogarth Illustrated. By John Ireland. Vol. I. (-II.)

John Ireland

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by J. & J. Boydell, Cheapside, & at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall, (London)

Physical Description

2 vols.; 236 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [vi], cxxii, 311, [1] p., frontis., t.pl.(incl. vignette), [32] leaves of pl. Nineteen of the leaves of plates carry two prints. Those which belong to series carry numbers - Harlot's Progress (1-6), Rake's Progress (1-8), Marriage A La Mode (1-6), Industry and Idleness (1-12). The Index To The Plates calls for the portrait of John Ireland by Mortimer to be included in this volume, but (at least in the Royal Academy's copy) it has been bound into Vol. II. - Vol. II: [2], [311-]607, [5] p., frontis. (port.), t.pl.(incl. vignette), [24] leaves of pl. Eleven of the leaves of pl. carry 2 prints. Those which belong to series carry numbers - the Election (1-4), England / France (1-2), the Times (1-2).


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.pl.] - Introduction - Errata - Index To The Plates Described In Vol. I - [Port.] - Hogarth. Anecdotes Of An Artist [with pl.] - [Text with pl.]. - Vol. II: [Frontis.(port.), t.pl.] - Index To The Plates Described In Vol. II. - [Text with pl.] - The Original Works Of William Hogarth, Published And Sold By John And Josiah Boydell, At The Shakspeare Gallery, Pall-Mall, And No. 90, Cheapside, London, 1790.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece of Volume I is signed as drawn by Hogarth and engraved by Barlow; that of Volume II (portrait of John Ireland) is captioned as by John Mortimer and engraved by W. Skelton. Only four other plates in each volume are signed by Hogarth as source-artist; but all but two (facing pp. 571, 581, in Vol. II.) are signed by engravers - Dent, (I. or J.) Barlow, or Corbould and Dent.

Three pl. in Vol. I (facing pp. lxvi, lxxi, lxxxvii) and five in Vol. II (facing pp. 437, 492, 544, 571, 581) carry the publishers' imprint of J. and J. Boydell and the date.

The two title-page vignettes are signed as drawn by Hogarth and engraved by J. Barlow.


ESTC, T2314
R. Paulson, Hogarth (3 v., 1991-3).
E. Einberg, Manners and morals: Hogarth and British painting 1700-1760 [exhibition catalogue] (1987).
T. Clayton, The English print 1688-1802 (1997).
S. Bruntjen, John Boydell, 1719-1804: a study of art patronage and publishing in Georgian London (1985).

Summary Note

The publication-date of June I. 1791 is carried by both title-plates. In Volume I three plates carry dates - one, that of May 31. 1791 (facing p. lxxxvii), but two that of July 4. 1791 (facing pp. lxvi, lxxi). In Volume II ten plates carry dates - five of them of February or May 1791 or 1790; four of 1766 (facing pp. 353, 364, 373, 379), and two of 1756 (facing p.391).

In 1798 John Ireland published 'A Supplement To Hogarth Illustrated; Compiled From His Original Manuscripts'.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm copy was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).

Binding Note

19th-century calf, upper and lower covers decorated with 'Gothick' borders and central diamond-shaped panel; rebacked in 20th century, spines lettered 'Hogarth Illustrated Ireland - Vol. I. (II.) R.A. 1791'.

Name as Subject


British - Great Britain - London - Social life and customs - History - 18th century
Paintings - Drawings - Engravings - Satires - Great Britain - 18th century
Art history - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


William Hogarth, source artist
John Boydell, publisher
Josiah Boydell, publisher
J. Barlow, engraver
John Hamilton Mortimer ARA, source artist
William Skelton, engraver
Thomas Dent, engraver
George Corbould, engraver
J. and J. Boydell (London), publisher