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Title

Evening , from The four times of the day

1738

Artist

William Hogarth

England

10 Nov 1697 - 25 or 26 October 1764

  • Details

    Date
    1738
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching and engraving
    Edition
    iii of 4 states
    Dimensions
    48.5 x 40.2 cm plate mark; 58.3 x 47.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    European art Collection Benefactors fund 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    63.2015
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Hogarth

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  • About

    In this series, Hogarth, the roving satirist, takes us on a walking tour of contemporary London, exposing the folly and vice of the city’s inhabitants as we move through the districts of Covent Garden, Soho, Islington and Charing Cross over the course of a day. Hogarth’s comic and chaotic series relates to a long-standing (though more conventional) graphic tradition of representing the times of day as well as to the painting tradition of urban topography, which presented more decorous views of the city than Hogarth’s boisterous scenes. The paintings on which Hogarth’s engravings are based were probably commissioned by Jonathan Tyers, proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, for display in the fashionable amusement park.

    'Evening' depicts a well-dressed couple taking a summer’s walk in Islington along a new, man-made river, and drifting past Sadler’s Wells Theatre, often satirized in this period as an amusement centre of vulgar appeal. In the centre of the print Hogarth places the pregnant wife, who is suffering from the evening heat. Her sexual appetite is suggested by the nude gods and goddesses decorating her fan. The husband is diminutive and a cuckold, as we see from the horns which a trick of perspective places above his head. Following behind the couple, their children act out the relationship of their parents with the sister scolding her hapless bother.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    William Fraser, England, Thence by descent

    Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, 2014, London/England

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