The Committee

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)

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After Cromwell’s defeat of Charles I, which led to the former king’s execution in 1649, England was ruled for a time by a Parliament whose members had not been elected but rather nominated by their parishes. This “Parliament of Saints” met chiefly to discuss religious alternatives for a government without a king. The low social status of its members was ridiculed by the general populace, and its infighting caused Cromwell to dissolve the body after eight months and set himself up as a virtual monarch.

Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, 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
9-3/8 x 13-1/8 in. (image)
10-7/16 x 13-9/16 in. (sheet)
series
Hudibras
accession number
11.10
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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