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Hudibras' First Adventure, plate three from Hudibras

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

Date:

February 1725/26

Artist:

William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

William Hogarth illustrated the story of a sad-sack adventurer named Hudibras in twelve engravings. His source was Samuel Butler’s satirical, mock-heroic poem written in the vein of Cervantes and Rabelais. Ridiculing the puritan party’s attempts to overthrow the British monarchy during the Great Civil War of 1640, Butler’s poem exposes the hypocrisy and pretensions of the Presbyterians, Independents, and Zealots who hoped to establish themselves as leaders.
For Hudibras’s First Adventure, William Hogarth juxtaposed the grotesque and the heroic. The unsavory protagonist confronts an equally ugly mob of angry townspeople, complete with wooden legs and a sickly trained bear.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Hudibras' First Adventure, plate three from Hudibras

Origin

England

Date

1725–1726

Medium

Etching and engraving in black on cream paper edge mounted on cream wove paper

Dimensions

246 × 334 mm (image); 273 × 345 mm (plate); 276 × 348 mm (primary support); 360 × 459 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Sara R. Shorey Endowment; purchased with funds provided by Phyllis Neiman and the Woman's Board in honor of Phyllis Neiman

Reference Number

2005.136.3

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