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A Midnight Modern Conversation

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


It is 4:00 a.m. in a clubroom said to be St. John’s Coffee-house, Shire Lane, London. The candles are burning out on a night consigned to drinking, and the revelers betray every state of drunkenness from rowdiness to stupefaction. In spite of Hogarth’s admonition in his caption—“Think not to find one meant resemblance there, we lash the Vices but the Persons spare”—Hogarth’s audience took delight in associating individuals in the print with various reprobates in London society.

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

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1732-1733
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
12-7/8 x 18 in. (image)
17-1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Wm. Hogarth Invt. Pinxt. & Sculpt."
accession number
30.991
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors