A super rare edition, 2nd State, de facto 1st Edition, of the copper engraving by and after William Hogarth. Prior to the title being added to the plate, but with the lines from Alexander Pope's 'Dunciad' (Book 2) used as a caption.
The print contrasts the exalted but vain aspirations of a Grub St poet with the dreariness and distress which these unrealistic aspirations create. His exploited wife darns his only suit. The milkmaid demands payment of her account, whilst a dog steals the last chop. The cupboard is bare. The poet scratches his head for inspiration.
Old 'Hogarth' frame.
Print size: 40cm x 35cm
Frame size: 60cm x 54cm