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Print made by Elisha Kirkall, ca. 1682–1742, British
after William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British
Published by Robert Wilkinson, 1758–1825, British

A Midnight Modern Conversation

ca. 1733, printed after 1779
Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 14 5/8 × 17 3/4 inches (37.1 × 45.1 cm) and Image: 13 1/4 × 17 5/8 inches (33.7 × 44.8 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right: "Kirkall | Modern Midnight | Conversation"

Lettered inside image, center left: "L. Journal | Craftsman"; center: "Freemans | Best"; below image, lower left: "Hogarth Pinx."; lower center: "A | Modern | Midnight Conversation | Who can this scene behold and not detest | The Vice of Drunkenness herein exprest? | An odious Sin that leads to all the rest; | Which so debauches & enslaves our Minds, | That every Lust an easy Conquest finds. | The Lacedemonians, in this beastly hue, | Expos'd their Slaves unto their Children's View, | That in their tender Minds it might impress | A Just Abhorrency of Drunkenness, | Just so this Piece the Folly well derides; | Bacchus, we see, in various Shapes presides: | All but th' Hip Doctor and the Justice here: | The Pious Painter has made drunk appear"; lower right: "E. Kirkall fecit | Printed for R. Wilkinson at No.58 in Cornhill."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bottles | candlesticks | clock | conversation piece | drinking | food | furniture | genre subject | lemons | midnight | wine
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H. Barbara Weinberg, American stories, paintings of everyday life, 1765-1915 , Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY & London, UK, 2009, p. 6, fig. 5, ND1451 .A43X 2009 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

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