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HOGARTH ENGRAVING "PAUL BEFORE FELIX

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HOGARTH ENGRAVING "PAUL BEFORE FELIX
Satirical engraving, 11 1/2" x 15 1/2", May 1, 1751, by WILLIAM HOGARTH (1697-1764) English painter and engraver whose work satirized 18th century life and politics. The engraving depicts the Biblical trial of the Apostle Paul by Felix, the Roman Procurator at Caesarea, and satirizes legal procedures of the day and the style of the Dutch Masters, which was extremely popular in England at the time. Paul is shown standing on a stool, as he is otherwise too short to address the court, while his guardian angel sleeps at his feet. The court appears to exist in various states of boredom; Felix is in the middle of a yawn, and other figures variously pick their noses, sharpen their pens, or bicker amongst themselves. Justice is depicted as a fat lady with one eye blindfolded, with a bag of money on her belt and a butcher knife replacing her traditional sword. The text at the bottom reads: "Design'd and Etch'd in the ridiculous manner of Rembrant by Wm. Hogarth". Minor foxing and stains, else very good.
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HOGARTH ENGRAVING "PAUL BEFORE FELIX

Estimate $100 - $150
Dec 10, 2015
Starting Price $50
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1473: HOGARTH ENGRAVING "PAUL BEFORE FELIX

Sold for $320
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Est. $100 - $150Starting Price $50
Winter Auction 2015 - Day 3
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:30 AM EST
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Lot 1473 Details

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HOGARTH ENGRAVING "PAUL BEFORE FELIX
Satirical engraving, 11 1/2" x 15 1/2", May 1, 1751, by WILLIAM HOGARTH (1697-1764) English painter and engraver whose work satirized 18th century life and politics. The engraving depicts the Biblical trial of the Apostle Paul by Felix, the Roman Procurator at Caesarea, and satirizes legal procedures of the day and the style of the Dutch Masters, which was extremely popular in England at the time. Paul is shown standing on a stool, as he is otherwise too short to address the court, while his guardian angel sleeps at his feet. The court appears to exist in various states of boredom; Felix is in the middle of a yawn, and other figures variously pick their noses, sharpen their pens, or bicker amongst themselves. Justice is depicted as a fat lady with one eye blindfolded, with a bag of money on her belt and a butcher knife replacing her traditional sword. The text at the bottom reads: "Design'd and Etch'd in the ridiculous manner of Rembrant by Wm. Hogarth". Minor foxing and stains, else very good.

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