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A Midnight Modern Conversation

A work made of etching and engraving selectively printed in black and red on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving selectively printed in black and red on ivory laid paper.

Date:

March 1732/33

Artist:

William Hogarth
English, 1697-1764

About this artwork

One of Hogarth’s most sought-after and most frequently copied compositions, A Midnight Modern Conversation features a raucous, smoke-filled scene in which drunken participants stumble, fall asleep, and lose their wigs. This impression of the print incorporates painterly nuances in an application of both red and black ink, a color choice resulting in a mock history painting.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

A Midnight Modern Conversation

Place

United Kingdom (Artist's nationality)

Date

1732–1733

Medium

Etching and engraving selectively printed in black and red on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 32.9 × 45.5 cm (13 × 17 15/16 in.); Plate: 34.5 × 47 cm (13 5/8 × 18 9/16 in.); Sheet: 37.2 × 49.7 cm (14 11/16 × 19 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2007.307

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