Thomas Cook after William Hogarth – Royal Masquerade, Somerset House
Thomas Cook after William Hogarth, Royal Masquerade, Somerset House. Copy of a scene in a large room, with persons in fancy dress or wearing masks greeting each other, with a group playing cards by a fireplace, after a painting by Hogarth; final state. 1805
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.