The Laughing Audience

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
6-7/8 x 6-1/4 in. (image) 11-1/2 x 9 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.1021
Collection
Not Currently On View

The Laughing Audience was originally issued as a ticket for those who subscribed in advance to Hogarth’s upcoming series, A Rake’s Progress. It features a theater audience enjoying itself immensely, with the exception of one sour-faced gentleman in the back row (presumably a critic) and two dandies in the box, who are only attentive to their advances on the lady on the right and the orange seller on the left.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.
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