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Marriage A-la-Mode, Plate III / Marriage A-la-Mode

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  • Title (object)

    • Marriage A-la-Mode, Plate III

    Title (series)

    • Marriage A-la-Mode
  • Description

    "The Inspection" (after the painting by Hogarth in the National Gallery); interior of a dispensary where the viscount has brought his child-mistress to visit M.de la Pillule whose remedy has not cured her venereal disease; a large, well-dressed woman (perhaps a procuress) looks angrily at the young man and opens a knife, while the quack polishes his glasses; the room contains numerous medical and scientific objects, including machines for straightening shoulders and for drawing corks, a dried crocodile, a narwhal's tusk, and two mummies. 1798 Mezzotint with stipple and etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 499 millimetres (cropped)
    • Width: 619 millimetres (cropped)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, dimensions of the original painting, and: "Painted by William Hogarth./ Engraved by Richard Earlom./ Engraved from the Original Picture./ Published Jany. 1. 1798, by J. & J.& Boydell, N. 90, Cheapside; & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London."
  • Curator's comments

    In the same direction as Hogarth's painting; in reverse to the print (Paulson [1989] 160, Paulson [1965/70] 230).

  • Bibliography

    • Wessely 105 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 2721 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 46 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


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