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William Hogarth, English, (1697–1764)
Marriage a la Mode: No. 5, Death of the Earl, circa mid-19th c.
Ink on paper
8 x 10 5/8 in.

Object Type: Print
Technique: Engraving
Period: Early Modern 18th-19th
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine T. Janney in honor of W.L. Janney
Accession Number: 2008.8.19

Object Description
Print 5 of 6 from William Hogarth's series "Marriage a la Mode" (1743), which satirizes the upper and middle classes and the folly of arranged marriages. The original paintings hang in the National Gallery, London.

In this print, the Earl has caught his wife in the middle of her affair with Silvertongue, and challenges him to a duel. The lawyer mortally wounds the Earl and makes a hasty exit through a window. The Countess begs for her dying husband's forgiveness as the startled innkeeper and constable charge through the door.

Engraved by T.E. Nicholson.
Published by Jones & Co., Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, London.

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