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Evening: The Four Times of Day

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764) Baron, Bernard (French, 1696-1762)


The scene is an evening at Sadler’s Wells, a “Musick House” and pleasure gardens established by Richard Sadler in 1683 at the site of medicinal springs. Being in the country just north of London, the place attracted middle-class city dwellers escaping the summer heat. But this meek husband cannot escape the overbearing presence of his wife. That he is hen-pecked and a cuckold is indicated by the cow’s horns conveniently appearing behind his head.

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)
artist
Baron, Bernard (French, 1696-1762)
creation date
1738
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
17-7/8 x 14-3/4 in. (image)
20-3/4 x 16-3/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Plate inscribed: "Invented, Painted, Engraved, and Published by Wm. Hogarth, March 25, 1738 according to Act of Parliament"
accession number
11.22
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors