The Toilet Scene: Marriage á la Mode, Plate 4

Marriage à la Mode
Creation date
etching and engraving
Mark Descriptions
"Engraved by S. Ravenet--Invented, Painted and Published by William Hogarth According to Act of Parliament April 1st, 1745'
13 7/8 x 17 5/8 in. (image) 17 x 21 1/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
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Not Currently On View

The lady, now a countess rating a coronet above her bed, is attended by a variety of friends and hangers-on. The singer and the flautist have enraptured a woman identifiable as Mrs. Fox Lane, a noted impresario of fashionable drawing room concerts. The newly minted countess, whose hair is being dressed, has ears only for Counselor Silvertongue, who is arranging a tryst at a masquerade by referring to a painted screen. The boudoir is hung with erotic Old Masters paintings, with the exception of a portrait of Silvertongue, suggesting the husband’s unfamiliarity with this room.

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