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The Lady's Last Stake

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print, progress proof, etching and stipple etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stephen Calloway

  • Museum number:

    E.350:2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 103

This print is one of five progress proofs (E.350.1-5-2003) after 'The Lady's Last Stake' by William Hogarth in the Albright Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, New York. Proofs are individual impressions produced, except in the case of artist's proofs, before the printing of the published edition. They may be trial proofs taken by the artist to see how the design is progressing during the production of the printing surface or printer's proofs taken to ascertain how the plate should be inked and on what paper it should be printed.
These five progress proofs make visible the stages that this early 19th century book illustration, made up of many overlapping networks of lines, went through before reaching its final form. The way the five impressions are held together suggests these proofs may have been put together by the printmaker or in the printing shop.

The image shows a Palladian interior, with a card table on the left, a young man with hand on his breast holds out his hat with jewels, to a young woman sitting by a fire. Having gambled away her financial resources the lady's last stake may be her hand in marriage or her virtue.

Physical description

Print, progress proof, etching and stipple etching (state 1), after Hogarth's painting 'The Lady's Last Stake'. The print reproduces a Hogarth painting showing a Palladian interior with a card table on the left, a young man with his hand on his breast holds out his hat, filled with jewels, to a young woman siting by a fire. Held together with E.350:1 & 3 to 5-2003 with a piece of string.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Print, progress proof, etching and stipple etching

Dimensions

Height: 159 mm, Width: 241 mm

Descriptive line

Print, progress proof, etching and stipple etching (state 1), after Hogarth's painting 'The Lady's Last Stake', England, about 1830

Subjects depicted

Palladian; Jewellery; Fireplaces; Interiors; Gambling; Men; Card tables; Clocks; Fashion; Women

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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