Scholars at a Lecture

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
8 x 6 7/8 in. (image) 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.1023
Collection
Not Currently On View

The text is “Datur Vacuum” (Leisure time is given), but it is also a Hogarthian pun pointing to the generally vacuous expressions on the faces of the auditors, all identifiable as Oxford undergraduates by their distinctive mortarboards. The reader is William Fisher of Jesus College, Oxford, who posed for Hogarth.

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