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Hudibras and the Skimmington

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


Hudibras confronts a “Skimmington,” a raucous procession common in rural England that mocks hen-pecked husbands and shrewish wives by parading them or their effigies through town. Hudibras declares this tradition an “antichristian opera,” for which he is pelted with eggs.

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
9-5/8 x 19-5/8 in. (image)
10-5/8 x 20-1/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
11.13
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors