Hogarth, William (English, 1697-1764)

Marriage A-la-Mode: 3, The Inspection


Reference Type:
Artwork
Image:
Hogarth.MarriagealaMode.jpg
Year:
c. 1743
Notes/Description:
William Hogarth painted several series of works that told the story of a life gone bad. This is the third scene in a series of six, when the young and debauched viscount visits a surgery. He asks to be reimbursed for a box of mercury pills, which are not helping his syphilis. The doctor does not inspire much confidence, since he too has syphilis. The woman in the center suffers from the same disease and is most likely a prostitute, as is the young woman with the viscount—dabbing a sore on her mouth (an early symptom) as she contemplates her fate. The skull on the table predicts everyone’s premature and painful death, as does the skeleton in the closet, which holds its hand over the man’s private parts and encircles him with a leg. Notes by Mariann Smith. Image credit: © The National Gallery, London.
Keywords:
Art
Art of Medicine
Quacks
Humor
Collection:
The National Gallery, London