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The Committee

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


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 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
9-3/8 x 13-1/8 in. (image)
10-7/16 x 13-9/16 in. (sheet)
accession number
11.10
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors