Reproduction of an engraved ticket for The Mock Doctor

Reproduction of an engraved ticket for The Mock Doctor

This reproduction of an engraved ticket for a benefit performance of The Mock Doctor at Drury Lane in 1732 is rather a puzzle. The original engraving is signed William Hogarth' in the bottom left hand corner and has been reprinted by Samuel Ireland whose name appears below the print. The design is almost certainly a forgery. it is one of a group of engravings printed by Ireland and bearing Hogarth's name, but which are entirely unlike his style or that of his assistants. Even more suspicious is the fact that the ticket has been filled in with the date April 20th 1732, but the play did not open until June 23rd and no benefit is recorded until April the following year.