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HOGARTH, WILLIAM.

And the child grew……And she called him Moses.

Published: Heath edition. 1822

Stock code: 55783

Price: £195

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And the child grew and she brought him into Pharaohs daughter, and he became her son. And she called him Moses. The painting upon which this large engraving is based was created by William Hogarth for his favourite charity, the Foundling Hospital. It was jointly engraved and etched by William Hogarth and Luke Sullivan, an etcher who worked for Hogarth on a number of commissions during the 1750’s. The scene depicts the boy Moses being entrusted by his mother, dressed as a nurse, to the care of the Princess of Egypt. She accepts payment for her services from a stern treasurer. Immediately behind his face is a large column where a faintly comic face has been drawn. Moses stares at the elegantly attired Princess but stays with his mother. The Princess affectionately extends her hand to the boy, yet, at the base of her chair, a small but sinister crocodile threatens. To the left, two servants engage in serious gossip. This original engraving was designed by William Hogarth, engraved by William Hogarth and Luke Sullivan and published by William Heath in 1822. Paulson Catalogue #193, Fourth and Final State.

Size: 640 x 490 mm. Good condition.

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