Etching/engraving on wove paper with watermark. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 26.9 x 37.5 cm. The image size is ca. 19.8 x 24.8 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 10.6 x 14.8 inch. The image size is ca. 7.8 x 9.8 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘The Company of Undertakers’, Caricature mock coat of arms ridiculing the medical profession. The caption ‘Et plurima mortis image’ translates as ‘And many an image of death’. It shows three doctors at the top (one of whom dressed as a clown, the other with his face painted in two colours). Below that twelve additional quack doctors, all but one sniffing their canes (which contained disinfectant in the 18th century). The final doctor tentatively sticks his finger into a urinal. Artists and Engravers: Made by Riepenhausen after William Hogarth. The engraver is Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765-1840). The German engraver Riepenhausen was well respected for his engravings after Hogarth, often preferred to those by Hogarth himself. William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter, printmaker, social critic and cartoonist.
Condition: Very good, given age. Three binding holes in the left margin (backed with paper). Ample margins, a little soiled and spotted. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE MASTER PRINT-CARICATURE-DOCTOR-MEDICINE-URINAL-RIEPENHAUSEN-HOGARTH