The mystery of Masonry brought to light by [the] Gormagons [graphic]
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- The mystery of Masonry brought to light by [the] Gormagons [graphic]
- Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist.
Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794, publisher.
- Published / Created
-  and [printed between 1766 and 1774?]
- Publication Place
- Printed for Robt. Sayer, map & printseller, at No. 53 in Fleet Street
Satire on the excesses of certain Freemasons: a procession of masons emerge from a public house headed by elaborately dressed men described as the emperor of China, Confucius and two mandarins; an old woman sits on a ladder balanced on the back of a donkey and a mason, identified as such by his apron and gloves, stretches between the rungs of the ladder to kiss her bare backside; Don Quixote, in full armour and wearing a masonic apron and gloves, holds up his shield behind the donkey; in the foreground, to left, a man playing the bladder and string, in the centre, a dancing monkey with apron and gloves, and, to right, a butcher laughing at the scene while Sancho Panza gasps in surprise
Title engraved below image.
State from Paulson. Paulson and British Museum catalogue date the print as 1742, but Sayer did not move to 53 Fleet Street until 1760. See British Museum online catalogue.
Below the image, far left of the title, mock key identifying the leading figures, followed by twelve lines of verse beginning, "From Eastern climes, transplanted to our coasts ...".
Below the image, far right of the title, mock description: "Done from [the] original painted at Pekin by Matachauter, grav'd by Ho-ge and sold by [the] printsellers of London, Paris & Rome."
Sheet trimmed to plate mark.
On page 98 in volume 1. Plate mark 248 x 353 mm.
- 1 print : plate mark 24.8 x 35.3 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- [State 3].
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Folio 75 H67 800 v.1 (Oversize)
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1760
Engravings England London 1760
Etchings England London 1760
- etching with engraving ; and laid paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Geographic)
- Great Britain
- Subject (Name)
- Subject (Topic)
Parades & processions
Freemasons > Caricatures and cartoons
Freemasonry > Great Britain > 18th century
Parades & processions
England > 1760
England > London > 1760
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 > Ownership
Steevens, George, 1736-1800 > Ownership
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 > Ownership
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