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Title

Credulity, superstition and fanaticism

1762

Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 25 or 26 October 1764

  • Details

    Date
    1762
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching and engraving
    Dimensions
    37.8 x 33.0 cm platemark
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    European art Collection Benefactors fund 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    145.2011
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Hogarth

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    This print started off as an elaborate satire on the ‘enthusiasm’ of Methodist preaching. Hogarth later revised the composition, extending it to a broader attack on ‘credulity, superstition and fanaticism’. The fainting woman on the left is Mary Tofts, who tricked people into believing she gave birth to rabbits. On the right, a religious thermometer measures the congregation’s reaction to the sermon. The preacher, holding puppets of a devil and a witch, is exposed as a charlatan by his harlequin shirt. His falling wig reveals a monastic tonsure, suggesting that Methodism and Popery amount to the same thing.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings 2011

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