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The Toilet Scene: Marriage À La Mode, Plate 4

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


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, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist
After William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
engraver
Ravenet, Simon François (French, 1706-1774)
creation date
1745
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
13-7/8 x 17-5/8 in. (image)
17 x 21-1/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Engraved by S. Ravenet--Invented, Painted and Published by William Hogarth According to Act of Parliament April 1st, 1745'
accession number
30.982
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors