Samuel Ireland after William Hogarth – Orator Henley Christening a Child.
A large and rare version of a design by Hogarth, a family group joins the priest around the font where the child is to be baptized. A young girl in the foreground is upsetting the water to the ground.
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.