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Boys Peeping at Nature

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1857,0509.16

  • Title (object)

    • Boys Peeping at Nature
  • Description

    Subscription ticket for "The Four Times of the Day" and "Strolling Actresses", with three naked boys, one painting, one engraving and the other observing nature with the encouragement of a young satyr (that is, peeping under the skirt of a many-breasted Diana of Ephesus). 1731; reworked 1737 Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1731
    • 1737
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 147 millimetres (cropped within plate mark at bottom)
    • Width: 123 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image "Antiquam exquirite Matrem. Vir." (Aeneid, III.96) and below with a quotation from Horace (Ars Poetica, 48-49, 51) beginning "necesse est ...", and subscription receipt, "Recd. [March 17] 1737 [of John Sexton Esqr] Half a Guinea being the First Payment for five Large Prints. One representing a Stroling Company of Actresses Dressing themselves for the Play, in a Barn; and the other four Morning, Noon, Evening and Night. Which I promise to deliver on Lady day next on Receiving half a Guinea more./N.B. they will be 25 shillings after ye. subscription is over"; the inscriptions in square brackets are in pen and brown ink.
  • Curator's comments

    First designed as a subscription ticket to the "Harlot's Progress"; see the first and second states. The date of the subscription is 17 March 1738 in the New Style.

  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1989 120.III bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 120.III bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 1943 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1997 Sep-Nov, Manchester, Whitworth AG, 'William Hogarth'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1857

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1857,0509.16

Subscription ticket for "A Harlot's Progress" with three naked boys, one painting, one engraving and the other observing nature with the encouragement of a young satyr (that is, peeping under the skirt of  many-breasted Diana of Ephesus). 1731; reworked 1737 Etching

Recto

Subscription ticket for "A Harlot's Progress" with three naked boys, one painting, one engraving and the other observing nature with the encouragement of a young satyr (that is, peeping under the skirt of many-breasted Diana of Ephesus). 1731; reworked 1737 Etching

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