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Print - After


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    15/12/1736 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Forster

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB4A, shelf EE, box 255

Physical description

Etching and engraving, 2nd state, from a pair entitled 'Before' and 'After'. Two lovers are depicted post-coitally in a bedroom with a seated woman lovingly pawing a man who is awkwardly doing his trousers up. The man in the scene has been identified as Sir John Willes, Walpole Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. The satirical print is laden with innuendo to scandalise him as a notorious womaniser, notably the Cupid pointing lasciviosuly towards the couple from a picture on the wall; the broken dressing table; and the quote on the upturned book on the floor: 'Omne Animal Post Coitum Triste'.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)


15/12/1736 (published)


Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving


Height: 57 cm, Width: 44.5 cm

Object history note

This pair of prints was popular throughout Hogarth lifetime but after death, the artist's wife Jane Thornhill, and Hogarth's publisher John Boydell, suppressed it from most bound editions of the printed works. In certain cases they were placed inside a separate folder in the back of the volume.

Descriptive line

Etching and engraving by William Hogarth entitled 'After'. British, 1736.




Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Sex; Lovers; Satire; Bedrooms




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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