[Before] [graphic] / invented, engrav'd & published Decbr [the] 15th 1736 by Wm. Hogarth pursuant to an act of Parliament.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] [15 December 1736]
1 print : etching with engraving on laid paper ; sheet 392 x 314 mm.
Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 141
Title and state from Paulson. "Price two Shillings & 6 pence"--Below design, on the right corner. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Companion print to Hogarth's After, published on the same date. Not in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires. 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).
In her bedroom, a young woman seems to resist the advances of an eager-looking young man sitting on her canopied bed. He pulls her towards him as she pulls away. On the wall to the left is a picture which shows Cupid lighting a firework; it is titled "Before." As she pulls away she upsets the dresser with a mirror; her powders and cosmetics have tumbled to the floor. In the drawer can be seen letters, a novel, and "The Practice of Piety", but on top is a copy of Rochester's Poems. The lady's dog jumps toward the couple. Her willingness to be seduced is suggested by the fact that she is not wearing her corset which can be seen on a chair to the right; her bonnet hangs on the curtains around her bed.
Boudoirs Canopy beds Chamber pots Couples Cupids Dogs Fireworks Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Seduction Sex Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Willes, John, Sir, 1685-1761 Women
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1736 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1736 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1736
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