The Topography of Decay

 
The Four Times of Day Plate II, Noon
Title The Four Times of Day Plate II, Noon
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1738
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth University

On narrow Hog Lane, frivolous, pinch-faced Huguenots emerge from a French chapel adjacent to a gathering of lustful Londoners spilling food and making noise. Only the decaying body of a cat across a sewage ditch separates the two groups.

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