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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Boys Peeping at Nature. 1730

Etching | 16.5 x 12.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 811507

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  • An etched subscription ticket for 'A Harlot's Progress', based on a brush drawing (also in the Royal Collection, RCIN 913497). Three putti and a satyr are shown. One of the putti paints, while the other engraves. A third tries to stop the satyr from peeping under the skirt of a statue of the Ephesian Artemis (or Diana). The design is partially based on a painting, 'Nature adorned by the Graces' by Peter Paul Rubens at Jan Bruegel, which was in the collection of Hogarth's father-in-law, Sir James Thornhill. The subscription ticket is made out to the landscape painter George Lambert, for whom Hogarth also designed a bookplate.

    Unidentified collector's mark (an oak leaf printed in black, not in Lugt); Royal Collection by 1845 (when listed by John Glover, Librarian)

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    16.5 x 12.5 cm (sheet of paper)