The Good Man at the Hour of Death [&] The Bad Man at the Hour of Death.
[Good Man] Published by W. Marshall, 1 Holborn Bars, London, Nov.r 1 1830.]
Pair of engravings. Sheets 410 x 330mm (16 x 13"). Both trimmed to plate, publisher's insciption lacking from 'Bad Man' but not excised.
The 'Good Man' is approached by Old Father Time, who holds out an hourglass; the 'Bad Man' recoils from a skeletal Grim Reaper waving a spear. 1830 restrikes of prints first published by Boydell in 1783. 'These two large engravings, published by Boydell in 1783, are the only surviving record of a fascinating decorative scheme commissioned by Jonathan Tyers [proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens], probably in the late 1740s, for the garden of his weekend retreat, Denbies, near Dorking in Surrey. If Vauxhall Gardens was designed primarily for public enjoyment, then, by contrast, Denbies was created for Jonathan Tyers' personal delectation and reflects his apparent preoccupation with the theme of death and "momento mori"' (Allen). Hayman, who also produced large decorative paintings for Tyers at Vauxhall, for this commission made two life-size pictures (to which these engravings are related) which were installed inside an amphitheatre in Tyers' garden at Denbies. The paintings, were, 'along with all traces of this macabre garden, destroyed soon after Tyers' death in 1767'.
Ex Collection of the Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd; see Brian Allen, 'Francis Hayman' 72A+B.
[Ref: 31733] £490.00