[Masquerades and operas ("The bad taste of the town")] [graphic]
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- [Masquerades and operas ("The bad taste of the town")] [graphic]
- Alternative Title
- Bad taste of the town
- Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker
- Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist.
- Published / Created
- Publication Place
- Wm. Hogarth
"Satire on the "bad taste of the town" (as described by Hogarth, Daily Courant, 24.ii.1724); a composite street scene with a theatre on either side and an "Academy of Arts" (Lord Burlington's recently remodelled house in Piccadilly) beyond; on the left, a fool and a devil are leading a crowd of masqueraders into the Opera House in the Haymarket from which hang a banner advertising an opera (based on British Museum satire no. 1768 with the singers Cuzzoni, Senesino and Berenstadt) and a sign for "Dr. Faux's [Isaac Fawkes] Dexterity of Hand", the impressario John James Heidegger leans from an upper window; on the right, a crowd is flocking to see the pantomime "Dr Faustus"; in the centre, a woman pushes a wheelbarrow of waste paper including volumes of Congreve, Dryden, Ottway, Shakespeare, Addison, and Ben John[son]; the gate of the Academy beyond is topped with statues of Michelangelo, Raphael and William Kent, admired by three gentlemen."--British Museum online catalogue
Titles, state, and date from Paulson.
"Price 1 shilling"--Before date, centered on lower edge.
Two columns of four lines of verse engraved below image: Could new dumb Faustus, to reform the age, Conjure up Shakespear's or Ben Johnson's ghost, they'd blush for shame, to see the English stage Debauch'd by fool'ries, at so great a cost. What would their Manes say? should they behold Monsters and masquerades, where usefull plays Adorn'd the fruitfull theatre of old, And rival wits contended for the bays.
Sheet trimmed to plate mark.
Plate with text lacking; top plate with image only. Sheet 13.4 x 18.2 cm.
- 1 print : sheet 13.0 x 18.2 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- [State 2].
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Kinnaird 72K(f) Box 110
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1724
Engravings England London 1724
Etchings England London 1724
- etching and engraving ; and laid paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Heidegger, John James, 1659?-1748.
Kent, William, 1685-1748
Cuzzoni, Francesco, approximately 1680-1759
Fawkes, Isaac, -1731
Burlington, Richard Boyle, Earl of, 1694-1753
Hercules (Roman mythological character),
- Subject (Topic)
Britannia (Symbolic character)
City & town life
Heidegger, John James, 1659?-1748
Kent, William, 1685-1748 > Caricatures and cartoons
Cuzzoni, Francesco, approximately 1680-1759 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fawkes, Isaac, -1731 > Caricatures and cartoons
Burlington, Richard Boyle, Earl of, 1694-1753 > Caricatures and cartoons
Britannia (Symbolic character) > Caricatures and cartoons
Hercules (Roman mythological character)
City & town life
England > 1724
England > London > 1724
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 > Ownership
Steevens, George, 1736-1800 > Ownership
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 > Ownership
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