London: John & Josiah Boydell, 1795.
Engraver, Benjamin Smith. 1 vols. 39.8 x 30.1 cm (15-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches). Original Engraved Copper Printing Plate After Hogarth's Self-Portrait. Fine. Provenance; Bernard Quaritch; Sale Christie's May 22, 1984, Lot 90; Thomas Agnew & Sons, London. Exhibited National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1971. Item #29152
With the engraved legend at the bottom of the plate: "William Hogarth / From the Original Picture in the Collection of John & Josiah Boydell / Published June 1, 1795 by J. & J. Boydell in Cheapside & at the Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall". John Boydell (1719-1804) was a prominent printseller who published some of Hogarth's engravings. Hogarth had himself engraved this image in 1749 (using it as a frontispiece for bound volumes of his prints) and in 1763 he burnished most of it out, changing it into a caricature of Rev. C. Churchill. The original oil painting, done in 1745, is in the Tate Gallery, London.
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