Robert Sayer after William Hogarth
Marriage à la Mode
14 x 10 inches
A set of six copper plate engravings published in London in 1768, by Robert Sayer after the designs of William Hogarth.
Hogarth is, perhaps, the best-known and most important engraver of the eighteenth century. He began his career as an engraver on silver and did not produce his first engraving, a small trade card, until 1720. From the moment that he completed the set of six paintings entitled Harlot's Progress and the subsequent set of prints, Hogarth realised that he could convey his message to a much larger audience and profit from the sale of prints at the same time. Immediately the prints were executed pirate copies were printed and it was this that prompted Hogarth to agitate for the passing of the 'Engravers' Copyright Act', whereby the copyright of the artist's design was protected for fourteen years.
Set of 6