Hudibras and the Skimmington, plate seven from Hudibras

A work made of engraving in black on cream paper edge mounted on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of 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.
When Hudibras mistakes a traditional parade celebrating nagging wives for a satanic gathering, it quickly turns into a food fight targeted at the erstwhile adventurer:
“At that an Egg let fly—
Hit him directly o’er the Eye,
And running down his Cheek, besmeard,
With Orange tawny-slime his Beard.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Hudibras and the Skimmington, plate seven from Hudibras

Origin

England

Date

1725–1726

Medium

Engraving in black on cream paper edge mounted on cream wove paper

Dimensions

246 × 500 mm (image); 270 × 511 mm (plate); 271 × 512 mm (primary support); 352 × 578 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Sara R. Shorey Endowment; restricted gifts of Phyllis Neiman and the Woman's Board in honor of Phyllis Neiman

Reference Number

2005.136.7

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