The Beggar's Opera. A large engraving by William Blake (1757-1827) after William Hogarth (1697-1764) of a scene from Act III
by PEPUSCH, John Christopher 1685-1732
London: Boydell, 1790. While the imprint is given as July 1st, 1790, the present copy may be a later printing."The high point in Blacke's career as a commercial engraver was the commission for this engraving after Hogarth. It came from John Boydell, the leading print publisher of the day, probably sometime during early 1788. This, the largest and finest of all Blake's reproductive prints, was therefore in hand at just about the time he was working on his first relief etchings... Possibly the fee he received for the work tided him and his wife over while this new method was developed..." tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hogarth-beggars-opera-act-iii-engraved.. 450 x 583 mm. The image represents a performance at Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1727 and depicts Mr. Walker as Macheath, Mr. Hall as Lockitt, Mr. Hippisley as Peachum, Mrs. Egleton as Lucy, and Miss Fenton as Polly. Members of the audience included the Duke of Bolton Sir Robert Fagg, Mr. Rich the manager, and John Gay the author. Margins slightly worn, browned, and creased; trimmed to plate at upper edge; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso. (Inventory #: 27680)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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