William Hogarth Prints – A Stand of Arms, Musical Instruments etc.
William Hogarth Prints – A Stand of Arms, Musical Instruments etc.. Subscription ticket, showing the sophisticated weapons and war drums of the English and the primitive claymores and bagpipes of the defeated Jacobites. Paulson 183.
A vignette of various weapons and accoutrements of war and conflict.
The plate was originally used as a subscription ticket for Hogarth’s ‘March to Finchley.’
Stand is arranged in the form of a classical triumphal monument, with the heaped weapons and banners resting on an altar.
In the very centre, a pair of scissors has cut into the banner of the Order of the Garter. In the process of excising the Scottish lion rampant.
To the left of the banner, the ‘sinister,’ are the weapons of the rebellious and barbarous Scots. Including a spiked flail, a lochaber axe, and a set of bagpipes.
Contrasting this on the ‘English’ right side are the weapons of modern ‘civilized’ warfare. Including a cannon, a musket, a naval anchor, and a trumpet.
The base of the altar features an inscription, the receipt for subscribing: ‘Rec’d of 7s:6d: being the whole Payment for a Print Representing a March to Finchly in the year 1746
Which I Promise to deliver when finish’d on sight hereof. N.B.
Each Print will be half a Guinea after the Subscription is over.’
William Hogarth, (born November 10, 1697, London, England—died October 26, 1764, London). The first great English-born artist to attract admiration abroad, best known for his MORAL and satirical engravings and paintings—e.g., A Rake’s Progress (eight scenes,1733).
His attempts to build a reputation as a history painter and portraitist, however, met with financial disappointment. His aesthetic theories had more influence in Romantic literature than in painting.