Art À La Mode


Marriage a la Mode, Plate II


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

The disharmony in the union of two separate classes is revealed by the clash of 'high art' (in the form of a Roman bust) and 'low art' (in the form of various cheap trinkets on the mantelpiece.) Likewise, in the adjacent room, paintings of saints are placed in blasphemous proximity to another painting so lascivious it must be concealed by a curtain.

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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