Frontispiece to Hudibras

 
Series
Hudibras
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
9-1/4 x 13-1/2 in. (image) 10-3/8 x 13-7/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
John Herron Fund
Accession number
11.2
Collection
Not Currently On View

The original 1725 prospectus advertised the series as “twelve Historical and most Diverting Prints, taken from the celebrated POEM of HUDIBRAS (the Don Quixote of this Nation) describing in a Pleasant Manner the Humor and Hypocrisy of those Times.” Those times were the English Civil War of 75 years earlier. Samuel Butler’s poem features the mock heroic adventures of Hudibras, a ridiculous knight errant, through whom Butler (a staunch royalist) lampoons the Parliamentarians and Puritans who ruled in that era.

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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