The Four Times of Day: Night
William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764
Etching and engraving on wove paper
Plate: 19 1/4 × 16 in. (48.9 × 40.6 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund
Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe
Not on view
Night depicts the narrow section of old Charing Cross in London between the Earl of Cardigan tavern on the left and the Rummer tavern on the right. The scene takes place on Restoration or Oak Apple Day, a holiday commemorating the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. A coach departing the tavern is overturned and burning. Hogarth seems to comment on how even a holiday celebrating the rule of law is marked by the lawlessness of the people. Though holidays are for celebrating, the residents of London have transgressed to the point of people losing limbs and individuals and property catching fire (a reference to the Great Fire of 1668). Opposite the coach, a drunkard is escorted home by the tavern keeper as a chamber pot is emptied out a window above and onto the drunk man’s head. Beneath a bench on the street, a group of people sleeps, potentially a homeless family or several prostitutes. Hogarth depicts many ills of society for the amusement, or judgment, of more respectable viewers and exposes them from under the cover of night.
From the 2019 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 94, Society Engraved, curated by Jules Wheaton '19, Levinson Intern Campus Engagement
ENGL 20, Age of Satire, Alysia Garrison, Winter 2014
18th Century Graphics, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 29-December 10, 1978.
A Space for Dialogue 94, Society Engraved, Jules Wheaton, Class of 2019, Levinson Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 22-August 4, 2019.
Alcohol in Art, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22-March 21, 1982, in conjunction with the conference "Alcohol at Dartmouth".
Hogarth and 18th Century Print Culture, Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, April 17-June 22, 1997.
Pictur'd Morals: Prints by William Hogarth, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 16-October 26, 1997.
Satirical Prints from the Permanent Collection, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 5-June 4, 1978.
Ronald Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works, Yale University Press, 1965, V.1.
Jules Wheaton, Class of 2019, Levinson Intern, A Space for Dialogue 94, Society Engraved, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019.
Frederick B. Daniell & Son, London, England; sold to present collection, 1961.
R. Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works, London, 1989, no. 149.
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