etching from series "Before & After"
Note, in the etching, the corset on the chair & the chamber pot beneath the bed, both symbolizing that despite this girl’s struggle, she’s a little loose in her morals and invited the gentleman to her chambers.
Also note the wonderful detail of the contents of her dressing table. In the drawer is a book of erotic poetry by Rochester, "Novels" & "The Practice of Piety." On the floor is a spilled powder box & small box of spots or beauty marks.
oil from series "Before & After"
Though the oil paintings contain less detail than the etchings, these were priceless in deciding color schemes. It looks to be wood panelling. But I chose a deep georgian rose to offset the blue-green bed curtains.
Oil (from series "The Rake’s Progress")
Finding source material for 18th Century apothecaries is not easy, so I was thrilled this has so much detail. Not too visible in this rendition, but there is a wolfs head on top of the shelves on the left, and an alligator hanging from the ceiling. Now all I need is some scary taxidermy with which to outfit my shop.
19th Century, but an inspiration and favorite haunt, none the less. The old slate floor inspired my own.
NOTE: Aligator hanging on ceiling! Just like the Hogarth painting.
- Gin Lane & Beer Street
- Harlot’s Progress Plate III
- Harlot’s Progress Plate V
- Marriage a la Mode Plate III
- William Hogarth – Selected Works
- Hogarth’s Realm