The Enraged Musician

William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764)

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In Hogarth’s noisiest engraving, a violin master is offended by the symphony of discordant noises beyond his window such as the streets of London undoubtedly produced in 1741. Here is an oboe player, a cowherd blowing his horn, a yelling fish peddler, a bell-ringing dustman, and a milkmaid calling her wares. To these are added the sounds of knives grinding, pewter being hammered, children drumming, a baby squalling, a parrot squawking, cats howling, and dogs barking.

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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William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764)
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etching and engraving
13 x 15-3/4 in. (image)
17-1/8 x 23 in. (sheet)
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"Designed, Engraved, & Published by Wm. Hogarth Nov'br the 30th, 1741"
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Gift of William George Sullivan
Public Domain
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