The Topography of Decay

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

A family is unsuccessfully trying to escape the city by visiting Sadler's Wells, a resort and water source near the edge of London. The family's disintegration follows them from city to country. As the children argue, the wife separates herself from her cuckolded husband with her fan.
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