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William Hogarth, Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 3

Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 3

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

Engraving reproducing (in reverse) the third 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 third plate, 'The Inspection' shows the young viscount visiting a successful doctor, complaining that he has venereal disease despite having taken mercury pills. The sickly young woman beside him (his mistress) clearly also has the disease.

Object details

Title
Marriage-à-la-Mode, plate 3
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
17/3809
This image is from a book

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

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