Noon [graphic] / invented, painted & engraved by Wm. Hogarth, & publish'd March 25, 1738 according to act of Parliament.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] [25 March 1738]
1 print : engraving and etching on laid paper ; plate mark 486 x 400 mm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2370 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 147 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 154
Title engraved below image. State and series from Paulson. Second in a series: Four times a day and Strolling actresses dressing in a barn. "Price 5 shillings."--Following printmaker's name. Sheet trimmed to plate mark. Purchased from John Grant, Ltd., Edinburgh; August 1940; £20 Kinnaird lot. With Kinnaird bookplate; disbound at Yale. Formerly owned by Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826). The face of the parson in the doorway has been touched in ink by Hogarth(?); the left side of his nose and eye, eyebrow and part of his forehead have been scratched out and replaced in ink, to suggest a wall-eyed face -- a portrait of George Whitefield. See Paulson.
The second print in the series "Four Times of the Day" is set outside St Giles's-in-the-Fields. On the right an elegant crowd leaves the French Huguenot church; they are dressed in the height of French fashion. Two women kiss on the far right in the customary French way. They are contrasted with Londoners on the left. The two groups are separated by a gutter down the middle of the road; a dead cat lies in the gutter foreground. The Londoners stand outside a tavern with the sign of the Good Woman (one without a head); a woman and man in the second-story window look surprised as the contents of her bowl are tossed out the window. In the foreground, left, under a sign with John the Baptist's head on a platter and reading "Good Eating", a black man embraces a servant girl and a small boy (evidently intended by his curly red hair to be identified as one of the Irish inhabitants of the area) cries because he has broken a pie-dish. A little girl squats as she eats the fallen pie off the ground. The clock in the steeple in the background reads 12:30.
Blacks -- England Children Churches City & town life Couples Crowds Crying Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 Huguenots -- England -- London Irish -- England Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Kissing Servants Signs (Notices) Steev Taverns (Inns) Women
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century Engravings -- England -- London -- 1738 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1738
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