He shows the central couple as extravagantly and inconveniently dressed, with highly affected manners.The man, Lord Portmore, is wearing his Parisian finery, while the monkey reads a menu listing French dishes.Executed during Johann Friedrich Städel’s lifetime, the engravings are among the Städel’s oldest holdings and mirror the critical spirit inherent to this institution since its founding.The exhibition is being sponsored by the Hessische Kulturstiftung. In keeping with an early eighteenth-century fashion, his father Richard opened a coffee house at which only Latin was spoken.Design and Designing Mary Edwards (1704-1743) commissioned William Hogarth to paint the picture this print is based on.She wanted to get her own back on people who had ridiculed her for wearing old-fashioned clothes.Hogarth conceived of his artworks as printed theatre of his times and with them he laid the cornerstone for socio-critical caricature in England.The prints owe their special quality to the keen powers of perception and caustic humour of an artist who contributed so greatly to shaping the image of his era that it is still referred to as “Hogarth’s England” today.
The grooves were then filled with ink and the image was transferred onto a blank sheet of paper.
This couple are in a raptures over a teacup held by the woman, and its matching saucer, held by the man.
A passion for collecting porcelain was widely seen as a foible of the wealthy.
Subject Depicted William Hogarth (1697-1754) is satirising the clothes and behaviour of fashionable society in the early 1740s.
On the left is a woman with her servant, a young boy she has dressed up in a feathered turban.