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Print - The Laughing Audience
  • The Laughing Audience
    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10
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The Laughing Audience

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1733 (printed)

  • 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 253

Physical description

Etching and engraving depicting an audience of men and women in a theatre, most of them laughing uproariously. In a box above the main group, two gentleman attempt to seduce two women, one selling oranges and another taking snuff. In the orchestra pit at the front are three musicians, protected from the crowd by a row of spikes.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)


1733 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving

Descriptive line

Etching and engraving by William Hogarth entitled 'The Laughing Audience', originally made as a subscription ticket for 'A Rake's Progress' and 'Southwark Fair'. Great Britain, 1733.

Production Note

Single plate from a volume of 217 plates and cuts from Hogarth's paintings and designs, etched and engraved by himself and others. Some of the plates are duplicated showing various states.




Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Audiences; Musicians; Satire; Music halls


Prints; Music


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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