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by Dent from Hogarth Moralized, 1768


Copperplate Engraving
3 1/4" h x 2 1/2" w

Hogarth Moralized by The Rev. John Trusler was originally published in 14 parts brom 1766 to 1768. It included re-engravings of Hogarth's prints by Dent and Corbould.

The re-engravings were also included in Hogarth Illustrated by John Ireland, first published in 1791.

The following description is from the 1831 edition of Hogarth Moralized.

In the description of Evening, we have the return of a family homewards, after their Sunday afternoon's walk to some tea-house, or place of entertainment in the out-skirts of London there being abundance of such places, the resort of the lower and middling class of people, whose pocket will not admit of any other recreation.


The spot from whence this scene it drawn, is that of the house known by the sign of Sir Hugh Middleton at the New-river-head, near Sadler's-Wells, where we see several people smoking, and sweltering themselves, refreshingly and agreeably, it being supposed to be in the heat of summer. This house was formerly in great repute, though dwindled now into little better than an ale-house. The family we are speaking of are citizens, and are imagined to be so much jaded by the heat, and length of way, as to render their evening recreation toilsome and laborious for under a mistaken notion of pleasure, people will often so fatigue themselves, that they shall not get the better of it for a month after; but such is the case with many men, that their wives must be obeyed, it being but reasonable, say they, to enjoy one's self a little on a Sunday afternoon, when one has been slaved almost to death, the whole week before. This appears to be the circumstance of the family before us, where the woman is presumed to be master of her husband, his property, and his honour: the first of which is visible by his carrying the child; the second, by the money they have been spending and the last our author has artfully contrived to show, by fixing a cow so judiciously behind, as to make the horns appear just above his head. The spaniel before, and the children behind, seeming to partake also of this agreeable recreation, (for by the servant's loosening the girl's shoe, we find she is as tired as the boy) convince us, that satisfaction is oftener sought than found, and that we commonly weary ourselves in the vain and laborious pursuit of pleasures,* * ["It is not easy to imagine fatigue better delineated than in the appearance of this amiable pair. The lady's aspect at once explains her character; we are certain that she was born to command. The hopes of the family, with a cockade, riding upon papa's cane, seems much issatisfied with female sway. A face with more of the shrew in embryo than that of the girl, it is scarcely possibie to conceive. Upon such a character, themost casual observer pronounces with the decision of Lavater."] J. I.
















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