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ID number:  BIRBI-2002.6/1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Title / Object name:  Morning (first in sequence from The Four Times of the Day)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1738
Materials:  Etching and engraving, black ink on paper
Measurements:  Paper: 488 x 397 mm; mount: 808 x 605 mm
Provenance:  Series purchased from the William Weston Gallery, London, October 2002

A wealthy spinster crosses Covent Garden Piazza on a freezing morning. The spinster’s attention is riveted on two embracing couples, causing her to ignore the beggar at her feet. Hogarth here draws a contrast between the hot and cold-blooded vices of the icy spinster and the steamy couples. Covent Garden had gone into decline by the 1730s with a proliferation of brothels, taverns and coffee houses. The presence of the beggars indicates how low it was possible to fall in this environment.

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