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William Hogarth, Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 2

Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 2

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

Engraving reproducing (in reverse) the second of William Hogarth's set of six paintings Marriage A-la-Mode (1743-4, The National Gallery, London). The set, one of Hogarth's 'modern moral subjects', narrates an ill-fated marriage between the son of an impoverished aristocrat, the Earl of Squander, and the daughter of a wealthy City alderman. Hogarth's print Characters and Caricaturas (17/3433) was issued as the subscription ticket to purchasers of the set.

This second plate, 'The Tête à Tête' shows the couple, now married for several months, seated on the left with a yawning servant in the background and the household steward on the right leaving in despair. The scene portrays a poorly-run household and and a disconnect between the young couple.

Object details

Title
Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 2
Original attributed to
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Engraved by
Bernard Baron (1696 - 1762)
Published by
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Object type
Print
Dimensions

351 mm x 445 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
17/3808
This image is from a book

Hogarth's prints. Vol. I. - [s.l.]: [n.d.]

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