William Hogarth, Hogarth's prints. Vol. I.

The Laughing Audience, 1733-7

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

RA Collection: Art

Inside of a theatre, showing the audience's response to an unseen play. At the bottom are musicians in the orchestra; commoners above enjoying the play; two couples in a box at the top.

This print was originally made by William Hogarth as the subscription ticket for his prints A Rake's Progress and Southwark Fair. In early states a receipt was below the image, although in this final state the plate has been cut down (although traces of the receipt are still visible). In this state the print was sold by Hogarth as one of 'Four Groups of Heads' (the others being Scholars at a Lecture, and Company of Undertakers).

Object details

The Laughing Audience
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
Object type

187 mm x 174 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
This image is from a book

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

Click here to view the book

Associated works of art

2 results

return to start

Start exploring the RA Collection

read more
  • Explore art works, paint-smeared palettes, scribbled letters and more...
  • Artists and architects have run the RA for 250 years.
    Our Collection is a record of them.
Start exploring