Marriage a-la-Mode. Plate II [graphic] / engraved by B. Baron; invented, painted & published by Wm. Hogarth according to act of Parliament, April 1st, 1745.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] [1 April 1745]
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.4 x 46.5 cm, on sheet 47.4 x 61.1 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2709 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 159 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 229
Title engraved below image. State from Paulson After the painting "Tête à Tête" in the National Gallery, London. Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 Nov. 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-17. Purchased as a bound collection of 97 prints with Sotheby bookplate; disbound January 1984. Formerly owned by Frederick Edward Sotheby of Ecton, Northants, 1837-1909.
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 dishevelled and sleepy servant scratches his cap; the walls are decorated with paintings of religious figures. The decor includes an elaborate ormulu clock, chinese porcelain and figures (including a Buddha), a bust of a Roman matron, old master paintings (one, evidently erotic, is screened by a curtain).
Adultery Buddhas Couples Dogs Gambling Interior decoration Interiors Marriage Musical instruments paintings Sculpture Servants Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Stewards
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1745 Parables Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1745
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