William Hogarth - «The Farmer's Return»
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.
Pour citer cette ressource :
"William Hogarth - «The Farmer's Return»", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/arts/peinture/william-hogarth-the-farmer-s-return