Marriage a-la-mode. Plate I [graphic] / invented, painted & published by Wm. Hogarth ; engraved by G. Scotin.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] according to act of Parliament April 1st, 1745
1 print : etching on laid paper ; sheet 37.6 x 45.5 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2688 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), 158 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), 228
Title engraved below image. State from Paulson. 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 Earl Squander and a city merchant arrange the marriage of their son and daughter in a grand sitting room. The Earl, whose coronet is stamped on all his possessions, unfolds a diagram of his illustrious family tree as the alderman focuses on the marriage contract and his payment. The extravagantly dressed young groom-to-be looks at his reflection in a glass while his future bride listens intently at the lawyer's soft words. Through the window is a view of a palatial house under construction. The walls of the room are covered with paintings of Roman and Old Testament scenes as well as the screaming face of Medusa. In the foreground on the right, two dogs are chained together, one lying down but looking out the corner of his eyes at the viewer, the other looking off to the right.
Marriage a-la-mode. Pl. I
Scotin, Louis Gérard, 1690- [Printmaker] Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Children Contracts Conversation Couples Dogs Dowry Families Fathers Interiors Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Lawyers Marriage Merchants Nobility paintings Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1745 Parables Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1745
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