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ID number:  BIRBI-2002.6/3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Title / Object name:  Evening (third in sequence from The Four Times of the Day)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1738
Materials:  Etching and engraving with red ink
Measurements:  Paper: 485 x 406 mm; mount: 808 x 605 mm
Provenance:  Series purchased from the William Weston Gallery, London, October 2002
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Clenched fists and furrowed brows indicate an oncoming tantrum as this brother and sister
quarrel over a gingerbread man. The contrast between the children’s elegant clothing and their
poses and expressions suggests they have not yet achieved the studied manners and refinement expected of 18th-century adulthood. Hogarth became famous for his satirical print series, known as modern moral cycles, which exposed the follies of contemporary society. Here he sets an affected and over-dressed urban family against the simple rural activities of a summer evening in Islington, then on the outskirts of London.

Notes:  Red ink a la poupee.

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