[Before] [graphic] / invented, engrav'd & published Decbr [the] 15th 1736 by Wm. Hogarth pursuant to an act of Parliament.

Edition:
[State 1].
Published/Created:
[London]
[Wm. Hogarth]
[15 December 1736]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching with engraving on laid paper ; sheet 392 x 314 mm.
Notes:
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).
Abstract:
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.
Associated Names:
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Printmaker]
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Topics:
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
Language:
English
Genre:
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1736
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1736
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1736
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
Kinnaird 23K(a) Box 210
Orbis Record:
9866494
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr22355
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
16030680
PID:
digcoll:2807193