William Hogarth – Frontispiece to the Humours of Oxford
William Hogarth – Frontispiece to the Humours of Oxford. Frontispiece to James Miller’s comedy, written while he was still an undergraduate.
It was performed at Drury Lane from Jan. 9th 1730 and ran for seven performances.
The engraving shows Haughty and Conundrum, drunken Fellows of one of the colleges, addressing the Vice-Chancellor of the University, who rebukes him for his behaviour.
On the wall is one of the Oxford Almanacs. Paulson 217.
William Hogarth, (born November 10, 1697, London, England—died October 26, 1764, London). The first great English-born artist to attract admiration abroad. Best known for his MORAL and satirical engravings and paintings—e.g., A Rake’s Progress (eight scenes,1733).
His attempts to build a reputation as a history painter and portraitist, however, met with financial disappointment. His aesthetic theories had more influence in Romantic literature than in painting.