Art À La Mode


Marriage a la Mode, Plate I


Title Marriage à la Mode,
Plate I, The Marriage Contract
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1745 (reprinted 1822)
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Count Squander's parlor is decorated with paintings of gloomy and bloody episodes from the Old Testament and the gruesome fates of Christan martyrs. Portents of impending doom for the oblivious groom and bride, these works of art satirize and prophesize the disastrous outcome of the arranged marriage.

Colour prints of Marriage à la Mode are on display in the exhibition space. The prints were made by Thomas Cook after William Hogarth from 1796 to 1797 and are on loan from the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

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