Simon François Ravenet, Jean-Marie Delâtre after William Hogarth – The Pool of Bethesda
A large and elaborate of engraving executed by Hogarth’s French collaborators under his direction, illustrating a view from the New Testament. Christ is healing the sick at the Pool of Bethesda, with a large group of onlookers and a Roman aquaduct in the background.This huge painting was executed by Hogarth to hang on the staircase of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, Smithfield where for the moment it still remains.
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.