William Hogarth, Paul Before Felix

Paul Before Felix, 1752

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

Engraving after Hogarth's painting Paul before Felix (also called 'Paul at Ephesus'), commissioned by Lincoln's Inn in 1747 and painted by Hogarth between 1748 and 1751. The subject proposed by Hogarth was the biblical account of the Apostle Paul dealing with the law in its many aspects.

This print was first published in 1752 alongside a print of another religious painting by Hogah, rtMoses Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter (17/3559), which hows 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 subscription ticket for the two prints was a 'burlesque' of Paul Before Felix (see 17/3548). Luke Sullivan, the engraver who worked with Hogarth on Mose Brought to Pharaoh's Daughter, also produced his own version of Paul Before Felix (17/3434), which unlike Hogarth's own does not reverse the painting.

Part of an album of Hogarth's prints assembled in the 18th century. A note describes the contents of the album as 'chiefly first, and all fine impressions'.This particular print is described as a touched proof.

Object details

Paul Before Felix
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Object type

385 mm x 523 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
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Hogarth's prints. Vol. I. - [s.l.]: [n.d.]

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