Richard Livesay after William Hogarth – The Complicated R—–n.
A rare print.
Beneath the image, the caption reads; I know well enough My Eye is no Eye at all.
I must apply to my Telescope My Son is my Telescope tis by his help I read ye learned Languages.
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.