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William Hogarth, Before


William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

One of a pair of scenes by William Hogarth showing the moment before and after a man and woman make love. The engravings reproduce (in reverse) paintings by Hogarth (c.1730-1) now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Hogarth was drawing on a formula common to French genre scenes of the period. To this he added, in Einberg's words, 'a brutal realism that looked beneath the fashionable veneer', which Hogarth emphasised even more in the engravings than the paintings, making them 'even more sexually explicit and suggestive of violence'.

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William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
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William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
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376 mm x 308 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
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Hogarth's prints. Vol. I. - [s.l.]: [n.d.]

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