The first print in the series "Four Times of the Day" is a scene in Covent Garden. In the center, a middle-aged woman walks from the left towards St. Paul's church; the clock on the tower showing 6:55. She is followed by a servant boy carrying her prayer book under his arm as he tries to warm his hands in his pocket and jacket. St. Paul's is partially hidden behind a tavern identified by a sign reading "Tom King's Coffee House." There is a fight in the doorway, one man losing his wig as it flies out the door. In front of the tavern is a fire where two couples embrace as two women warm themselves, the one reaching out to beg of the well-dressed woman; two large baskets with vegetables sit behind the women, with carrots and mushrooms in the left foreground. To the left, in the middle distance, a small crowd, including two small boys with school bags on their backs, surrounds a man holding a placard advertising a remedy known as Dr. Rock's.
Four times of the day.
Beggars. Children. City & town life. Couples. Crowds. Fighting. Food vendors. Prostitutes. Quacks. Servants. Signs (Notices) Taverns (Inns) Women.
Covent Garden (London, England)
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist. Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 2357 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 146 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 152