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.
Here, Hudibras takes on more than he can handle in the person of a rather large woman called Trulla, who insists on restoring the fiddle player to liberty. To add insult to injury, Hudibras must give him his fiddle and instrument case back as well.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- William Hogarth
- Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla, plate five from Hudibras
- Etching and engraving in black on cream paper edge mounted on cream wove paper
- 235 × 335 mm (image); 266 × 346 mm (plate); 270 × 349 mm (primary support); 369 × 472 mm (secondary support)
- Sara R. Shorey Endowment; purchased with funds provided by Phyllis Neiman and the Woman's Board in honor of Phyllis Neiman