Frontispiece to Hudibras

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)

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The original 1725 prospectus advertised the series as “twelve Historical and most Diverting Prints, taken from the celebrated POEM of HUDIBRAS (the Don Quixote of this Nation) describing in a Pleasant Manner the Humor and Hypocrisy of those Times.” Those times were the English Civil War of 75 years earlier. Samuel Butler’s poem features the mock heroic adventures of Hudibras, a ridiculous knight errant, through whom Butler (a staunch royalist) lampoons the Parliamentarians and Puritans who ruled in that era.

Purchased with money from the John Herron Fund for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1911.

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1725-1726
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
9-1/4 x 13-1/2 in. (image)
10-3/8 x 13-7/8 in. (sheet)
series
Hudibras
accession number
11.2
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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