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The Breakfast Scene: Marriage à la Mode, Plate 2

After William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764) Baron, Bernard, Engraver (French, 1696-1762)


It is past midnight in the home of the newlywed couple. The husband has returned from a night out and collapses in a chair. His dog sniffs suspiciously at a woman’s cap in his pocket. The wife has not been idle either. The cards on the floor and the booklet “Hoyle on Whist” indicate an earlier card party. The steward laments the stack of unpaid bills that he carries.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist
After William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
engraver
Baron, Bernard (French, 1696-1762)
creation date
1745
materials
ink on paper, etching and engraving
dimensions
13-7/8 x 17-5/8 in. (image)
17-1/4 x 21-1/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Inscribed: Engraved by B. Baron--Invented, Painted and Published by William Hogarth According to Act of Parliament April 1st, 1745
accession number
30.980
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors