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- Object: A Sign for an Ex[i]b[i]t[i]on
Satire on Hogarth on the occasion of the 'Grand exhibition of the Society of Sign-Painters' held in Bow Street from 22 April to 8 June 1762, showing Hogarth as a monkey hanging in place of a sign-board outside the exhibition; he holds a paper lettered "A Burlesks on young Art &c &c &c"; the devil sits on the beam above saying "I have made a fine fire with Architectonicalls &c. ["The five orders of perriwigs... measured Architectonically", October 1761, Paulson 1989, 209] I am waiting for the Body" and holds a paper lettered, "A Hymn to ye tune of little Davy" (perhaps a reference to David Garrick); men entering the exhibition refer disparagingly to Hogarth's painting "Sigismunda" shown the previous year, notably a man described as Tancred (Sigismunda's father in Bocaccio's tale); his companion states that the subject of Hogarth's painting was in fact "the Cook at the Turk's Head a going to broil a Bullocks Heart, twas a mistake of ye Catalogue Printers who Calld her Sigismundy"; in the foreground a ragged shoe black complains, "Now my father has left his Paint Brushes since he's hang'd Mol Hackabout [the protagonist of "A Harlot's Progress"] & I must Black shoes with them or starve".
- Production date
- 1762 (circa)
Height: 185 millimetres (image)
Height: 204 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 236 millimetres (image)
Width: 243 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- Hogarth and his wife did not have any children.
- Not on display
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