The Laughing Audience

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)

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

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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.

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

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