[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 and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 426 x 328 mm, on sheet 611 x 471 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. Companion print to Hogarth's After, published on the same date. The man is said to have been modeled on Sir John Willes. See Paulson. Not in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires. Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 Nov. 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-26. 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.
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 Seduction Sex Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Willes, John, Sir, 1685-1761 Women
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1736 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1736 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1736
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