Marriage a-la-mode. Plate VI [graphic] / invented, painted, & published by Wm. Hogarth ; engraved by G. Scotin.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] according to act of parliament, April 1st, 1745
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38. 3 x 46.6 cm, on sheet 47.2 x 61.1 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2758 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 163 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 233
Title etched below image. Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 Nov. 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-21. 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 countess is shown swooning in a chair in her father's house near London Bridge (seen through the window on the left). At her feet a bottle with a label "laudanum" alongside an execution broadside tells us that Silvertongue has been hanged for killing her husband and that she has attempted suicide. Her young child (wearing a leg brace as a result of congenital syphilis) is held up for a last kiss by an old woman, while her father removes her wedding ring. An apothecary strikes the simple-minded servant for procuring the laudanum; a doctor leaves by a door to right. Fire buckets line the hallway. The floor of the room is bare; a heavy chair near a table is overturned, a starving dog chewing at the calf's head on the table. Other decorations include a weight-driven wall-clock, the paintings of Dutch peasant subjects and a man relieving himself against a wall, and a set of ledgers indicates that accounts are kept up to date.
Scotin, Louis Gérard, 1690- [Printmaker] Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Adultery Children Death Dogs Interiors Merchants Nobility paintings People with disabilities Pharmacists Physicians Servants Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Suicides Syphilis
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1745 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1745 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1745
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