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1736

Artist
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

Engraver
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

Height: 40.4 cm (cut); Width: 31.6 cm (cut);

Inscription
Printed, lower margin & recto, Invented Engraved (ampersand) published Demb ye 15th1736 by Wm Hogarth // Pursuant to an Act of Parliament. Price two Shillings (ampersand) 6 pence //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Library; transfer; 1990
G.1990.WL.2006

About this work
In a parody of the elegant scenes of seduction popular in French art of the period, Hogarth depicts in this engraving and its pendant, Before, a less romantic encounter between a man and woman. Telling details, such as the paintings of Cupid holding lit and extinguished torches (symbolising the kindling and cooling of the man’s ardour), help decode the narrative. Although the woman appears to struggle, she has removed her corset in advance, suggesting the episode is not as straightforward as it appears. Hogarth first treated the subject in paired paintings, and used printmaking to disseminate a popular subject to a broader market. (Permanent collection label)



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