C1822
 (1822)

The Laughing Audience

Subscription ticket for “A Rakes’s Progress”and “Southwark Fair” with an audience of men and women in a theatre pit, all but one man laughing uproariously; above them in a box, two gentleman ignore the stage in favour of an orange … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Laughing Audience

Date:

C1822
 (1822)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 190mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Laughing Audience - Antique Print from 1822

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

Subscription ticket for “A Rakes’s Progress”and “Southwark Fair” with an audience of men and women in a theatre pit, all but one man laughing uproariously; above them in a box, two gentleman ignore the stage in favour of an orange girl and another young woman who takes a pinch of snuff; another orange girl reaches from the pit to tug at the sleeve of one of the gentlemen; to left three musicians, protected from the audience by a row of spikes.

From The works of William Hogarth from the original plates restored by James Heath : with the addition of many subjects not before collected, to which are prefixed a biographical essay on the genius and productions of Hogarth, and explanations of the subjects of the plates, by John Nichols.

William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)

Hogarth was born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs from 1710. He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was ‘The Harlot’s Progress’ (1731), and perhaps the most famous ‘The Rake’s Progress’. His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.

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