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Ernst Riepenhausen; Hogarth - Southwark Fair Peep Show - Folio engraving c 1790 - Caricature

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Ernst Riepenhausen (1762-1840) after Hogarth

Southwark Fair. January 1733-34

Leaf: 38.5 x 28 cm

Fascinating scene, of particular not as it shows a Peep-Show.

Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (born September 6, 1762 in Göttingen , † January 27, 1840 in Göttingen) was a draftsman and engraver in the university town of Göttingen. He illustrated numerous scientific publications for the professors of the university. He became known nationwide primarily for his copperplate engravings based on graphics by the Englishman William Hogarth (1694–1767).

Southwark Fair is an engraving by William Hogarth, originally called the Humours of the Fair. The engraving was based on a 1733 painting of the 1732 Southwark Fair (now Cincinnati Art Museum). Southwark Fair is one of the most valuable of Hogarth's pictures as a vivid representation of a phase in the life of his times, and one in which he must have been unusually interested, as he has filled it with an immense amount of detail (Wheatley, p.426).