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Hogarth Moralized. Being A Complete Edition of Hogarth's Works. Containing near Fourscore Copper-Plates, most elegantly engraved. With An Explanation, Pointing out the many Beauties that may have hitherto escaped Notice; And A Comment on their Moral Tendency. Calculated to improve the Minds of Youth, and, convey Instruction, under the Mask of Entertainment. Now First Published, With the Approbation of Jane Hogarth, Widow of the late Mr. Hogarth.

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London:: Sold by S. Hooper, the East Corner of the New Church in the Strand; and, Mrs. Hogarth, at her House in Leicester-Fields. Price One Pound Sixteen Shillings, bound. Where may be also had, The Originals, complete. Price Thirteen Guineas bound., M DCC LXVIII.

Physical Description

[iv], viii, [1-57], 58-212, v, [iii] p., frontis. (port.): illus.; 193 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Some copies are catalogued as having an added engraved title-plate, with title reading 'The Works of Mr. Hogarth moralized'.


[Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - The Preface - [Text and illus.] - An Index Of The Contents of this Volume - An Index of the Plates in this Work, as they were published in Numbers, with their Prices; A List of the Prints published by Mr. Hogarth, genuine Impressions of which are now to be had of Mrs. Hogarth, at her House in Leicester Fields, 1768.; Lately published, to be had of S. Hooper, bookseller in the Strand.

Responsibility Note

The explanatory texts accompanying the prints were supplied to Mrs Hogarth by John Trusler.

The frontispiece and all illustrations are signed as engraved by Dent or by Corbould and Dent.

The book is dedicated by John Trusler to 'The Generous Patronizers Of Merit'.


ESTC, T10099
R. Paulson, Hogarth (3 v., 1991-3); E. Einberg, Manners and morals: Hogarth and British painting 1700-1760 [exhibition catalogue] (1987).
D. Alexander and R.T. Godfrey, Painters and engraving: the reproductive print from Hogarth to Wilkie [exhibition catalogue] (1980).

Summary Note

The publication-date is given on the title page as 1768. Some illustrations carry the publication-date of 1766; two, that of 1756 (pp. 100, 102).

Although the title page describes this as a 'Complete Edition of Hogarth's Works', in the Advertisment the Author asks to be excused 'in his omission of the print of the Times' and 'of those of 'Before, and, After'.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm copy was published in 1997 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications). The work was microfilmed by the British Library in 1988.

Copy Note

The front pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'John Drinkwater 1841'. Front and rear endpapers are inscribed in ink, 'RD' with a coronet above. The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'S:a:H' (i.e. Solomon Alexander Hart, R.A., who was the Academy's Professor of Painting, 1854-63, and Librarian, 1864-81). Page 121 is annotated in pencil, 'Signor Castrucci came over from Italy with the Earl of Burlington in 1715. He was a famous performer on the violin.'

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, retaining earlier gilt-decorated spine-piece and red morocco spine-label lettered 'Hogarth Moralized'.

Name as Subject


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


Samuel Hooper, bookseller
Mrs. Jane Hogarth, bookseller
John Drinkwater, previous owner
George Corbould, engraver
Thomas Dent, engraver