Hogarth's Drawings - Michael Ayrton & Bernard DenvirLondon: Avalon Press, 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the top edges, marked on both the panels. Spotting to the endpapers and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white plates; Title page vignette; Top edge dyed black;
From the cover: “These drawings, most of which are reproduced for the first time, are a microcosm of eighteenth-century London by the most graphic reporter of the age, celebrated for his habit of sketching direct from life scenes from the gaols, hospitals, brothels and crowded streets of the Town. They include studies of coffee-house frequenters, a burlesque of The Beggar’s Opera, the light-hearted Album of a Walking Tour and vivid portrait-sketches, as well as the original drawings for such famous engravings as Beer Street and Gin Lane, and his first ideas contrasted with his finished drawings for the famous Fellow ‘Prentices in the Industry and Idleness series of engravings.
Michael Ayrton, who contributes an Appreciation, is a distinguished painter, theatre designer and illustrator ; he was art critic of the Spectator 1944-46 and is the author of British Drawings in the Britain in Pictures series. Bernard Benvir, who supplies the Notes on the drawings, is well known as an art critic and contributes regularly to the Studio.”