British Museum collections, £12.99
William Hogarth, The Bad Taste of the Town, an etching
London, England, AD 1724
Hogarth's first blast against foreign imports
In the centre the works of the great English dramatists, William Congreve, John Dryden, Thomas Otway and William Shakespeare are being sold as waste paper.
The sign advertising operas is a small copy of another satirical print showing the earl of Peterborough kneeling to offer the singer Francesca Cuzzoni £8,000 to perform in London.
R. Paulson, Hogarths graphic works, 3rd edition (London, The Print Room, 1989)
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T. Clayton, The English print, 1688-1802 (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1997)