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The Five Orders of Periwigs

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Issued on the heels of the coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte, Hogarth here categorizes and measures wigs seen on the occasion as if they were the five orders of classical architecture, and as if they also obeyed distinct rules of proportion and decoration. In the place of Doric, Tuscan, Ionic, Composite, and Corinthian, Hogarth substitutes “Episcopal” (clergy), “Old Peerian” (nobles), “Lexonic” (lawyers), “Composite or Half-Natural,” and “Queerinthian.”

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
1761
materials
etching
dimensions
10-3/4 x 8-1/8 in. (image)
17 x 11-1/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
30.1024
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors