The Laughing Audience
The Laughing Audience

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The Laughing Audience

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


The Laughing Audience was originally issued as a ticket for those who subscribed in advance to Hogarth’s upcoming series, A Rake’s Progress. It features a theater audience enjoying itself immensely, with the exception of one sour-faced gentleman in the back row (presumably a critic) and two dandies in the box, who are only attentive to their advances on the lady on the right and the orange seller on the left.

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
1733
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
6-7/8 x 6-1/4 in. (image)
11-1/2 x 9 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.1021
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors