Original master print, titled: ‘Strolling Players’. It shows a troupe of actors preparing for a performance inside a barn. Several figures are rehearsing their roles, or preparing materials and props. At the same time this plate criticizes the 1737 “Act Against Strolling Players”, taking away the livelyhood of many travelling actors by demanding proper licensing. The imagery of this plate is discussed on numerous websites.
Made by Thomas Cook after William Hogarth.
Medium: engraving / etching on wove paper.
Sheet size: 57 x 43.5 cm (22.44 x 17.13 inch). Image size: 53.5 x 42 cm. (21.06 x 16.54 inch).
Condition: good, given age. The margins cropped close. Three horizontal lines of fading across the image. Margins a little stained. A large dampstain in the right side of the image (hardly visible through the intricate engraving). General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
ACTOR-BARN-SATIRE-STROLLING PLAYERS | DP-B1-36
Original antique master print published by G.G. & J. Robinson, in 1800. . Our definition of a Master Print is a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Cook after a painting by Hogarth.
Biography engraver: Thomas Cook (1744-1818) was a London engraver. Thomas was a student of Ravenet, the well-known French engraver who resided in London at the time. He has copied the entire engraved work of Hogarth, which was published under the name ‘Hogarth Restored’ from 1806.
Biography artist: William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter, printmaker, social critic and cartoonist.