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unknown artist
after William Hogarth, 1697–1764
formerly William Hogarth, 1697–1764

A Midnight Modern Conversation

ca. 1732
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
30 × 64 1/2 inches (76.2 × 163.8 cm), Frame: 38 1/4 × 71 inches (97.2 × 180.3 cm)

Signed and dated, lower right: "WM: Hogarth: fecit: 1729"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bottles | candlesticks | clock | conversation piece | drinking | food | furniture | genre subject | lemons | midnight | wine
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Hogarth and Europe (Tate Britain, 2021-11-01 - 2022-03-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Casanova - The Seduction of Europe (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2018-06-17 - 2018-10-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Casanova - The Seduction of Europe (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2018-02-10 - 2018-05-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British Vision - Observation and Imagination in British Art (Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2007-10-06 - 2008-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Hogarth (CaixaForum Madrid, 2007-05-21 - 2007-08-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Hogarth (Tate Britain, 2007-02-05 - 2007-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

English Caricature - 1620 to the Present (Yale Center for British Art, 1985-09-01 - 1985-11-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

English Caricature - 1620 to the Present (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985-06-04 - 1985-09-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

English Caricature - 1620 to the Present (National Gallery of Canada, 1985-02-26 - 1985-05-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

English Caricature - 1620 to the Present (The Library of Congress, 1984-11-13 - 1985-02-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

William Hogarth - A Selection of Painting from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1971-02-12 - 1971-05-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ronald Brymer Beckett, Hogarth, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1949, p. 70, no. 51, NJ18 H67 B43 1949 [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 120-121, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Dorsey, Hogarth's pictures are for reading, only when you put them into words, Dr. Paulson finds, do all the meanings emerge , The Sun, April 2, 1972, p. SD1, Available online in ProQuest Newspapers Database [ORBIS]

Elizabeth Einberg, William Hogarth : A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven, London, 2016, p. 97, fig. 57.2, NJ18 H67 +E36 2016 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Rummel Francis, William Hogarth : A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Virginia Museum, , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA., January 30-March 5, 1967, p. 21, no. 14, NJ18 H67 +F72 1967 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Vic Gatrell, The first bohemians, life and art in London's golden age , Allen Lane, London, 2013, pp. 145, 180-82, 197, 249, pl. 10, NX544.L6 G37 2013 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Gayford, English eccentrics, Art Quarterly, National Art-Collections Fund, Winter 2009, pp. 48-49, N12 N28 2009:4 + OVERSIZE [ORBIS]

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 33, ND466 G67 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sir Lawrence Gowing, Hogarth, with a biographical essay by Ronald Paulson , Tate Publishing, London, December 2, 1971-February 6, 1972, p. 30, no. 54, NJ18 H67 G68 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mark Hallett, Hogarth, Phaidon, London, 2000, pp. 64-65, no. 34, NJ18 H67 H25 2000 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mark Hallett, Hogarth, Tate Publishing, London New York, 2006, p. 100, no. 49, NJ18 H67 W5413 2006 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Anne Hollander, Moving pictures, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1989, p. 243, fig 9.2, PN1995 H614 1989 [ORBIS]

Robert Hoozee, British vision : observation and imagination in British art, 1750-1950, , Mercatorfonds Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels , Ghent, 2007, pp. 21, 107, 119, no. 37, fig. 37, N6767 B78 2007 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frederick Ilchman, Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, MFA Publications, Boston, Massachusetts, p. 189, fig. 95, N6756 .C37 2017 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frederick Laws, London's mixed exhibitions, a time for discovery , Guardian (Manchester, England), December 4, 1958, p. 7, Available online: ProQuest Hist.Newsp.The Guardi Available online in ProQuest Historical Newspaper: The Guardian and the Observer database; Also available on Microfilm: Film An M312 (SML) [ORBIS]

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Sean Landers, A Midnight Modern Conversation , Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, 2011, pp. 22, 23, Not Available at Yale

Ronald Paulson, Art of Hogarth, Phaidon, London, 1975, no. 16, NJ18 H67 P37 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ronald Paulson, Hogarth : His Life, Art, and Times, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1971, vol. 1, pp. 230, 233-4, fig. 91, NJ18 H67+ P39 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ron Radford, Island to empire : 300 years of British art, 1550-1850 : paintings, watercolours, drawings, sculptures from the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2005, p. 188, N3913.5 .R34 2005 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Charles Saumarez Smith, Eighteenth-century decoration: design and the domestic interior in England, , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1993, p. 101, no. 83, NK2043 A1 S28 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Simon Schama, The Yale Centre for British Art, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, , May 20, 1977, p. 619, TLS Historical Archive [ORBIS]

Meryle Secrest, Hogarth caught them -- forever -- in the act, from decadence, art , The Washington Post, Times Herald, February 7, 1971, pp. K1-2, Available online in ProQuest Newspapers Database Also Avaialble on Microfil: Film An W278 (SML) [ORBIS]

Robin Simon, Hogarth, France and British Art : The Rise of the Arts in 18th-Century Britain, , Hogarth Arts, London, 2007, pp. 56, 251, 264, plate XVIII, NJ18 H67 +S55 2007 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Julia Skelly, Addiction and British visual culture, 1751-1919 : wasted looks, Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, Surrey, 2014, p. 44, N8251.S555 S59X 2014 (LC) (SML) [ORBIS]

Jennifer S. Uglow, Hogarth, a life and a world , Faber and Faber, London, 1997, pp. 177-78, 230-31, 236, 265, fig. 49, NJ18 H67 U35 1997 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mary Webster, Hogarth, Studio Vista, London, 1979, p. 181, no. 41, NJ18 H67 +W43 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Hogarth : A Selection of Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon., , National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., 1971, p. 41, no. 7, NJ18 H67 U53 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Hogarth, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2006, pp. 100-01, no. 49, NJ18 H67 W54 2006 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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