Marriage a-la-mode. Plate IV [graphic] / engraved by S. Ravenet ; invented, painted & published by Wm. Hogarth according to act of Parliament April 1st 1745.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] [1 April 1745]
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.0 x 45.9 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2731 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 231 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 161
Title engraved below image. State from Paulson. After the painting "The Toilette" in the National Gallery, London. Sheet trimmed within 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 countess holds a morning levée in her lavishly decorated bedroom. Her hairdresser curls her hair as she chats with her lawyer, Silvertongue, who is making arrangements to meet her at a masquerade (as shown on the screen). Others in the room include a female friend and her husband; a castrato singer accompanied by a flautist; a young black man who serves chocolate to the party; and a small black boy who points to the horns of a figure of Actaeon purchased at an auction with other objects, including a fake mermaid and a plate with the scene of Leda and the swan; playing cards and invitations are on the floor in the lower right. On the walls are paintings of biblical stories and mythology, including Lot's Daughters, Jupiter and Io, and Rape of Ganymede.
Ravenet, Simon François, 1706-1774 [Printmaker] Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Adultery Blacks -- Great Britain Boudoirs Children Couples Hairdressing Interiors Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Marriage Musicians paintings Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Seduction Servants Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1745 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1745 Parables Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1745
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