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The Genuine Works Of William Hogarth; Illustrated With Biographical Anecdotes, A Chronological Catalogue, And Commentary; By John Nichols, F.A.S. Edinb. & Perth; And The Late George Steevens, Esq. F.R.S. and F.S.A. - In Two Volumes. Volume I. (II.) -

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London:: Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, And Orme, Paternoster Row., 1808. (- 1810.)

Physical Description

2 vols.; 263 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: vii, [1], 524 p., frontis. (port.), 12, [1], 6, 8, 2, [2], 6, 12, [4], 4, [1], 'II', [2], 'I' pl. - Vol. II: viii, 444, [30] p., frontis. (port.), [95] pl. (one fold.).


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p.] - Preface - [Text and pl.]; [colophon] - Appendix; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - List Of Hogarth's Plates - [Text] - Catalogue [and pl.] - Appendix - The Analysis Of Beauty - Index; Corrigenda; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece of Volume I is signed as painted by Hogarth and engraved by T. Cook; that of Volume II, as after Roubilliac, engraved by T. Cook. Almost all plates are signed as painted or drawn by Hogarth and engraved by T. Cook or T. Cook and Son. Most carry the publishers' imprint of Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme and the date.

Summary Note

John Nichols's Biographical anecdotes of Mr. Hogarth, and a Catalogue of his works, with occasional remarks had first been published in 1781, with enlarged editions in 1782 and 1785. In this edition most plates carry publication-dates, ranging from 1806 November 1 to 1809 November 1.

The two frontispieces are portraits of Hogarth. The plates are engravings after Hogarth, by T. Cook (who had already produced a series of larger engravings after Hogarth in 1806 as Hogarth Restored, which had not been well received). The folding plate in the second volume shows the artist's handwriting.


Both front pastedowns carry a 19th-century armorial bookplate, incorporating the motto 'Tuebor', and inscribed in ink, 'Auction 1st Augt. 1834 Rich Winch'.

Binding Note

19th-century mottled calf; rebacked in 20th century, red and brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Hogarth's Works Vol. I 1808 (II 1810)', spines lettered 'R.A'.

Name as Subject


British - Social life and customs - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Artists - Painters - Draughtsmen - Engravers - Great Britain - 18th century
Art history - Biography - Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century