The Toilet Scene: Marriage à la Mode, Plate 4

After William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764)
Simon François Ravenet, Engraver (French, 1706-1774)

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The lady, now a countess rating a coronet above her bed, is attended by a variety of friends and hangers-on. The singer and the flautist have enraptured a woman identifiable as Mrs. Fox Lane, a noted impresario of fashionable drawing room concerts. The newly minted countess, whose hair is being dressed, has ears only for Counselor Silvertongue, who is arranging a tryst at a masquerade by referring to a painted screen. The boudoir is hung with erotic Old Masters paintings, with the exception of a portrait of Silvertongue, suggesting the husband’s unfamiliarity with this room.

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

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After William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764)
Simon François Ravenet (French, 1706-1774)
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ink on paper, etching and engraving
13-7/8 x 17-5/8 in. (image)
17 x 21-1/8 in. (sheet)
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Inscribed: Engraved by S. Ravenet--Invented, Painted and Published by William Hogarth According to Act of Parliament April 1st, 1745
Marriage à la Mode
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Gift of William George Sullivan
Public Domain
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