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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

David Garrick with his Wife Eva-Maria Veigel

RCIN 405682

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Gowns in a distinctive ‘egg yolk’ shade of yellow are regularly seen during the middle of the 18th century as shown in this portrait by Hogarth. The colour was revered in China due to its association with the emperor and became popular in Britain at this time during a craze for chinoiserie, a decorative style that incorporates Chinese motifs.