Boys and Dogs.
London, Published July 1st 1824, by W.J. White, 14 Brownlow Street, Holborn.
Mezzotint with small margins, 360 x 255mm (14¼ x 10"). Slight foxing.
Mezzotint of Thomas Gainsborough's 1783 painting 'Two Shepherd Boys with Dogs Fighting' (Kenwood House). Inspired by William Hogarth's 'The Four Stages of Cruelty', the scene is presented as a grand anti-pastoral with the boys contravening morality both in neglecting their flocks and encouraging their dogs to fight.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; for Hogarth's 'The Four Stages of Cruelty', see ref. 3221-3'
[Ref: 35228] £240.00