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Hudibras and Sidrophel, plate eight 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

Hudibras, a satirical narrative poem akin to Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, was written by the English poet and author Samuel Butler during the second half of the 17th century. The text mocks the Puritan movement and the political atmosphere surrounding the English Civil War (1641–51). Intended to ridicule the extravagances of the Puritans, the story follows the bumbling, ne’er-do-well knight Hudibras and his squire on their quest to do right. In this scene, Hudibras visits the astrologer Sidrophel to seek a way to obtain the hand of a woman he is courting. It is apparent from Hudibras’s angry demeanor that the horoscope Sidrophel has cast for the knight is full of unfavorable omens.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Hudibras and Sidrophel, plate eight from Hudibras

Origin

England

Date

1725–1726

Medium

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

Dimensions

242 × 346 mm (image); 271 × 357 mm (plate); 273 × 355 mm (primary support); 361 × 475 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

2005.136.8

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