Title engraved below image. State, publisher, and date from Paulson. Numbered "4"--Upper right corner. Number 9 in the series. See Paulson. One of twelve large illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, 1725/6. Caption on either side of title begins: "No sooner was he come t' himself, But on his Neck a sturdy Elf ..."
Hudibras is beaten with clubs by two masked men dressed as devils; a third man with mask in hand gestures to the young widow in the doorway on the left. A fourth, smaller masked man holds a large torch as he lights the way in the room. Ralpho hides behind a curtain on the far left. The room is decorated with a large wardrobe, an oval portrait, and large mirror; a footstool and urn in the right corner partially seen in the right corner.
Great Britain--History--Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660--Humor--Early works to 1800.
Butler, Samuel,--1612-1680.--Hudibras--Illustrations. Cooper, John, fl. 1726-1737, publisher. Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist. Overton, Philip, -1751, publisher. Perrins, Charles William Dyson,--1864-1958--Ownership. Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership. Steevens, George,--1736-1800--Ownership.
Book illustrations. Engravings--England--London--1726. Etchings--England--London--1726. Portraits. Satires (Visual works)--England--1726.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 1, no. 512 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 90 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (1st ed.), no. 81
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