William Hogarth The Staymaker (? The Happy Marriage V: The Fitting of the Ball Gown) c.1745

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Artwork details

Artist
William Hogarth 1697–1764
Title
The Staymaker (? The Happy Marriage V: The Fitting of the Ball Gown)
Date c.1745
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 699 x 908 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1942
Reference
N05359
Not on display

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This is probably one of the sketches
for a series of paintings about a 'Happy Marriage' which Hogarth planned but did not finish. This scene may show a young country squire's wife being fitted for the ball-gown she is to wear in the following scene, The Dance.

 

Her husband sits in the background, wearing a voluminous dressing gown.
He is playing with his youngest child,
held up by a doting nurse. The boy
in the centre plays at soldiers, while
the little girl to the right pours milk
into the staymaker's hat for the kitten under the table.

September 2004

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