Hogarth's signature and wax seal

Contributed by Mark De Novellis

Hogarth's signature and wax seal

Characters and Caricaturas, which acted as the subscription ticket for the series Marriage à la Mode(1743), is a manifesto of Hogarth's views on caricature. With Marriage à la Mode, Hogarth developed his earlier narrative sequences to create an elevated form of refined humour; a 'useful' social critique closer to fine art and indeed literature.

This work, signed by the artist, bears Hogarth's distinctive wax seal of a palette and brushes.

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