The mystery of Masonry brought to light by [the] Gormagons [graphic] / Hogarth inv: et scul.
[London] [Holland] 
1 print : etching with engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 246 x 351 mm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2549 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 55 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 43
Title engraved below image. State, publisher, and date from Paulson. British Museum catalogue dates the print 1742. Below the image, far left of the title, mock key identifying the leading figures, followed by twelve lines of verse beginning, "From Eastern Climes, transplanted to our Coasts ...". Below the image, far right of the title, mock description: "Done from [the] original painted at Pekin by Matachauter, grav'd by Ho-ge and sold by [the] printsellers of London, Paris & Rome." 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).
Satire on the excesses of certain Freemasons: a procession of masons emerge from a public house headed by elaborately dressed men described as the emperor of China, Confucius and two mandarins; an old woman sits on a ladder balanced on the back of a donkey and a mason, identified as such by his apron and gloves, stretches between the rungs of the ladder to kiss her bare backside; Don Quixote, in full armour and wearing a masonic apron and gloves, holds up his shield behind the donkey; in the foreground, to left, a man playing the bladder and string, in the centre, a dancing monkey with apron and gloves, and, to right, a butcher laughing at the scene while Sancho Panza gasps in surprise.
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1724 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1724 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1724
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