‘Marriage à-la-mode’ “The Bagnio” engraved from the original painting by English artist William Hogarth 1697-1764

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‘Marriage à-la-mode’ “The Bagnio” engraved from the original painting by English artist William Hogarth 1697-1764
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‘Marriage à-la-mode’ is a series of six pictures painted by William Hogarth between 1743 and 1745 depicting a pointed skewering of upper class 18th century society. This moralistic warning shows the disastrous results of an ill-considered marriage for money and satirises patronage and aesthetics. Hogarth challenges the ideal view that the rich live virtuous lives with a heavy satire on the notion of arranged marriages. In each piece, he shows the young couple and their family and acquaintances at their worst: engaging in affairs, drinking, gambling, and numerous other vices.In the fifth picture, ‘The Bagnio,’ the new Earl has caught his wife in a bagnio with her lover, the lawyer, and is fatally wounded. As she begs forgiveness from the stricken man, the murderer in his nightshirt makes a hasty exit through the window. A picture of a woman with a squirrel on her hand hanging behind the countess contains lewd undertones. Masks on the floor indicate that the couple have been at a masqueradeThis is a 19th Century version by T. E. Nicholson from the original painting by Hogarth.