Marriage a-la-Mode. Plate II [graphic] / invented, painted & published by Wm. Hogarth ; engraved by B. Baron.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] according to act of parliament, April 1st 1745
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.0 x 45.5 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2702 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 159 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 229
Title etched below image. State from Paulson. After the painting "Tête à Tête" 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). Image 'touched': Stray hair and lock added in ink, presumably by Hogarth.
The young couple are seen in a large, well-furnished room that is in a state of disorder after a night's entertainment; the Viscount is collapsed in a chair having just arrived, the clock showing 1:20 a.m. His sword lies at his feet, broken, and a bonnet hangs from his pocket, suggesting his infidelity; the lap dog sniffs at him suspiciously. The wife's evening's activities at home are suggested by the book "Hoyle on whist" open on the rug in the middle of the floor, a deck of cards on the floor below a card table in the next room, and in the foreground two violins, one with its case open, on the back of an overturned chair, suggesting the wife's own infidelity. The estate steward walks away in disgust at his apparent failure to engage either the husband or the wife in addressing the wad of bills that he has in his hands or the ledger under his arm; in his pocket he carries a pamphlet entitled "Regeneration." Through an archway, a disheveled and sleepy servant scratches his cap; the walls are decorated with paintings of religious figures.
Adultery Couples Dogs Gambling Hog Interior decoration Interiors Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Marriage Musical instruments paintings Parables Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Sculpture Servants Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Stewards
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century Engravings -- England -- London -- 1745 Parables Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1745
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