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Tailpiece, or the Bathos

A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper.

Date:

April 1764

Artist:

William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

William Hogarth was an English painter and engraver notorious for his biting political satire. He also discovered that artists could become independent of patronage by making engravings of their own paintings and selling them to the public. Hogarth created The Bathos toward the end of his life. It is considered one of the bleakest artworks of the 18th century because it depicts the Apocalypse without an afterlife. The Angel of Death even collapses in exhaustion after having destroyed the world. In his hand is an execution decree and around him lies a mass of broken objects.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Tailpiece, or the Bathos

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

1764

Medium

Etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

Plate: 31.5 × 33.5 cm (12 7/16 × 13 1/4 in.); Sheet: 42.2 × 47.2 cm (16 5/8 × 18 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1314.1930

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