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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Battle of the Pictures 1745

RCIN 811767

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In February 1745, Hogarth auctioned many of the oil paintings on which his prints had been based. Bidding at the auction was by ticket, as usual decorated with a witty Hogarth picture. Here historic paintings are shown marching into battle with Hogarth’s works. The second scene of Marriage à-la-Mode competes with the ancient Roman Aldobrandini Wedding and A Midnight Modern Conversation battles an unidentified bacchanalian scene. In the Royal Collection by 1845 Cat. 90