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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.