William Hogarth, Moses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter, 1752-9

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

Engraving reproducing (in reverse) the painting by William Hogarth which the artist presented to the Foundling Hospital (now the Foundling Museum) upon its completion in 1746. The painting was Hogarth's only Old Testament subject, and shows the moment when the infant Moses, who was found by the banks of the Nile by pharaoh's daughter, is given up to her to be brought up at court. The subject was appropriate for the Foundling Hospital, which raised abandoned children, and provided a depiction of the ideal to which it aspired.

This print was first published in 1752 alongside a print of another religious painting by Hogarth, Paul Before Felix. The subscription ticket for the two prints was a 'burlesque' of the latter (see 17/3548). This impression is from a later state published in 1759, which bears a long quotation from Joseph Warton's Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1756). The passage reproduced contains critical remarks on Hogarth's use of Rembrandtesque devices in his history paintings, and Paulson suggests that Hogarth placed it on the prints (he did likewise with Paul Before Felix) as a study in comparison, thereby demonstrating that Warton's comments were false.

This impression has been heavily touched in pen and pencil- perhaps by Hogarth, making revisions for the fourth and final state of the plate. It is described as a touched proof in the contents page of the album it forms part of.

Object details

Moses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Engraved by
Luke Sullivan (1705 - April 1771) and William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Object type

390 mm x 505 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
This image is from a book

Hogarth's prints. Vol. I. - [s.l.]: [n.d.]

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