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Night: The Four Times of Day

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)

Night has fallen on a side street off Charing Cross and its equestrian statue of Charles I. A chamber pot is being emptied on the head of a drunkard dressed in the apron and displaying the carpenter’s square of a Freemason. It is said to be a portrait of Sir Thomas De Veil, a magistrate so strict in his condemnation of drunkenness that the London mob set fire to his house. He is being led by the “tyler,” or doorkeeper, of his lodge. To the right a barber-surgeon plies his trade beneath his sign advertising his various skills. The Salisbury Flying Coach, just setting out on its 77-mile daily transit from London, has been upset by the fire started in the middle of the street.

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

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William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
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ink on paper, etching and engraving
17-3/8 x 14-1/2 in. (image)
20-3/8 x 18-3/8 in. (sheet)
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Inscribed on plate: Invented, Painted, Engraved, and Published by Wm. Hogarth, March 25, 1738 according to Act of Parliament
The Four Times of the Day
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John Herron Fund
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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