Evening: The Four Times of Day

The Four Times of the Day
Creation date
etching and engraving
Mark Descriptions
Plate inscribed: "Invented, Painted, Engraved, and Published by Wm. Hogarth, March 25, 1738 according to Act of Parliament"
17 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. (image) 20 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (sheet)
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John Herron Fund
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Not Currently On View

The scene is an evening at Sadler’s Wells, a “Musick House” and pleasure gardens established by Richard Sadler in 1683 at the site of medicinal springs. Being in the country just north of London, the place attracted middle-class city dwellers escaping the summer heat. But this meek husband cannot escape the overbearing presence of his wife. That he is hen-pecked and a cuckold is indicated by the cow’s horns conveniently appearing behind his head.

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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