Hogarth Strolling Actresses in a Barn 1738, Framed (1 of 5)
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Hogarth Strolling Actresses in a Barn 1738, Framed

Ref: HEA/Hogarth / LA103686

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Description

Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn is a painting from 1738 by British artist William Hogarth. It was reproduced as an engraving and issued with Four Times of the Day as a five print set in the same year. The painting depicts a company of actresses preparing for their final performance before the troupe is disbanded as a result of the Licensing Act 1737. Brought in as a result of John Gay's Beggar's Opera of 1728, which had linked Robert Walpole with the notorious criminal Jonathan Wild, the Licensing Act made it compulsory for new plays to be approved by the Lord Chamberlain, and, more importantly for the characters depicted, closed any non-patent theatres. The majority of the painting was completed before the Act was passed in 1737, but its passing into law was no surprise and it was the work of a moment for Hogarth to insert a reference to the Act itself into the picture.

While not part of the Four Times of the Day series, it appears that it was Hogarth's intention from the outset to sell the five prints together, Strolling Actresses complemented Four times.


Measurements

Height : 425 mm - 16.73 in

Width : 540 mm - 21.26 in

Condition

Toned and uncoloured engraving, trimmed at base with loss of title, title replaced in pencil on an extended border, mounted framed and glazed . Lifetime edition so bound to be toned

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