William Hogarth - engraver - Morning
Morning forms part of a series of four prints, originally made to decorate the dining cabins of the Vauxhall gardens. Unlike in the cycles A Harlot’s Progress (1732) and A Rake’s Progress (1735) the leitmotif here is not the journey of an individual, but the progress of time itself. The theme that runs through all four stages of the day is one of conflict of order with the opposite extreme of impending chaos. Morning shows an uptight old maid on her way to morning prayers confronted by a group of revellers outside of the popular Tom King coffee house, which was strategically located in the vicinity of an equally popular brothel.
measurements: height 578 mm
width 465 mm
material: paper
technique: etching and engraving
inventory number: R 913
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
from cycle: Series for Vauxhall Gardens