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William Hogarth’s Marriage à la mode

Marriage à la Mode
William Hogarth
(British, 1697-1764)
Marriage à la Mode - Plate IV (The Toilette)
Etching with engraving
Gift of Museum Associates

William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an important British painter and engraver. In 1745 he published a series of prints entitled Marriage à la mode, which satirizes a fashionable marriage of convenience between members of the aristocratic and working classes. Contemporary drama and life provided Hogarth with the subjects for the six scenes, which delve into the contemporary debate on marital ethics. At the same time, the prints are a remarkable record of English culture, providing detailed information about eighteenth-century etiquette, costume, material culture, architecture, art collecting, and aesthetics.


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