Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn.
[London: Robert Sayer, 1768.]
Engraving with large margins; 175 x 280mm (7 x 11").
A company of touring players dressing and rehearsing their parts in 'Devil to Pay in Heaven' in a ramshackle barn. Hogarth's original print recorded the 'strolling actresses' soon to be put out of work by new bans on unlicenced theatrical companies. Soon after the death of William Hogarth in 1764, his widow Jane gave the London publisher Robert Sayer permission to publish a collection of her husband's work. Although engraved in a smaller format, Sayer's versions retain all the detail of the original plates.
[Ref: 31472] £120.00