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William Hogarth - The Farmer's Return


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The little Drama by Mr. Garrick, in which this exquisite Frontispiece first appeared, was thus prefaced: "The following Interlude was prepared for the Stage, merely with a view of assisting Mrs. Pritchard at her benefit; and the desire of serving so good an Actress is a better excuse for its defects, than the few days in which it was written and represented. Notwithstanding the favourable reception it has met with, the Author would not have printed it, had not his Friend Mr. Hogarth flattered him most agreeably, by thinking the Farmer and his Family not unworthy of a sketch of his pencil. To him, therefore, this trifle, which he has so much honoured, is inscribed, as a faint testimony of the sincere esteem which the Writer bears him, both as a Man and an Artist."

The original drawing was given to Mr. Garrick; and is still in the possession of his Widow.

 

 
 
Mise à jour le 27 juin 2014
Créé le 17 juin 2013
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues