William Hogarth. "The Five Orders of Perriwigs". 1822
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1218662
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This is an amusing satirical engraving by William Hogarth entitled “The Five Orders of Perriwigs as they were Worn at the Late Coronation Measured Architectonically".
William Hogarth (1697–1764) was an English painter, printmaker and satirist. He was highly successful in his lifetime and his work is considered important now, notably as a social commentary on the age he lived in. His house in Chiswick, west London, is now a museum devoted to the life and work of its former owner.
Hogarth made this plate in 1761, inspired by the absurd headgear he had seen worn by those attending the coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte a few weeks earlier. Horace Walpole wrote: “Some of the peeresses were dressed over night, slept in armchairs, and were waked if they tumbled their heads”. In it he presents five “orders" of periwigs, paralleling the five orders of classical architecture identified by Palladio. The inscription at the bottom is an advertisement for a forthcoming six-volume folio delineating the “perriwigs of the ancients”. This is, of course, part of the joke.
This print comes from the folio edition of Hogarth’s work published by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy in 1822. After Hogarth’s death in 1764, his printing plates passed to his wife Jane, and then on her death in 1789, to her cousin Mary Lewis. Mary Lewis sold them to the publisher John Boydell, and then in 1818 they were bought in auction by Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. The plates, by that time presumably quite worn, were restored by the engraver James Heath and subsequently re-published.
The condition is good. There is a tide mark at lower left which extends slightly into the inscription, but not enough to really detract.
This is a genuine antique print, nearly 200 years old. It is not a reproduction.
Please note that the digital watermark on the photographs here is NOT on the original print.
Artist: William Hogarth (English 1697–1764)
Dimensions: Size of image (including inscription) 11.75" by 8.25" Size of plate 12" by 8.75"
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