Going to Court He's Arrested at St. James's Gate.Young Ramble on St. Davids day / From head to foot equipt as gay / As ever First rate Fop was made / By Taylor's art, and Barbers aid [...]
Rare engraving, sheet 265 x 320mm (10½ x 12½"). Trimmed inside platemark; false margins added; slight crease through centre.
Plate from 'The progress of a rake, exemplified in the Adventures of Ramble Gripe Esq son of Sir Positive Gripe', a plagiarism of Hogarth's 'Rake's Progress' presumably rushed out before the Copyright Act of June 1735 limited the many copies of Hogarth's work. In this adaptation of plate four of Hogarth's series, the elements of the composition are varied but largely the same: the protagonist is arrested near St James's Palace and taken to court, with the figures common to Hogarth's original and this print including a Welshman with a leek in his hat (hence the reference to St David's day), the protagonist's former lover offering him money, and a lamplighter spilling oil on the coat of the young fop.
Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd Collection.
[Ref: 38860] £290.00