The complete suite of six prints with the image of each measuring 14" x 17" with the title engraved within the plate lines below each image. This suite of prints is from the 1821 restrike by Thomas Cooke. Rich with Hogarth's characteristic allegory and satire, this suite of engravings depicts the "marriage a la mode" (an arranged marriage for the mutual profit of the parents) between the vainglorious son of the bankrupt Lord Squanderfield and the unwilling daughter of a rich merchant. The unhappy union, fraught with mutual despairs and adulteries, and its tragic end are vividly recounted. Each engraving has been professionally cleaned, deacidified, and matted in acid-free materials ready for framing. These images are clean, clear and bright and will provide hours of pleasurable study of Hogarth's observations and satiric commentary of eighteenth century English society at about one-third of the cost of the original impressions of 1735. Paulson 228-233. (Inventory #: 7126)
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