The countess, having taken a dose of laudanum nears death, and is kissed by her sickly child held towards her by an elderly maid; her father slips her ring from her finger. Engraving by Louis Gérard Scotin after William Hogarth, 1745.
- Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
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The view through the window is of Old London Bridge and the Thames river. An apothecary summoned to the scene exits holding a traditional gold-headed walking cane. A scrawny dog tugs at the ear of a pig's head on a dish, indicating the frugality of the merchant. Another apothecary rages at a servant, who, judging from his countenance and physiognomy, is feeble-minded. Protruding from the former's pocket is a ring-pull from a syringe and a bottle labelled "julep", a sedative. The pictures constrast with the Italian Old Masters belonging to the Squanderfields and comprise Dutch genre scenes and a still-life. Also of interest is an "almanack" stuck to the wall
[London] : Wm Hogarth, 
1 print : engraving, with etching ; 35.5 x 44.3 cm.
Marriage-a-la-mode, (plate vi). invented painted & published by Wm Hogarth. engraved by G. Scotin. according to act of parliament April 1st 1745
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