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Box
  • Box
    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 Unknown
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Box

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1720-1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10
    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pressed horn

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. J.H. Burn through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.21-1940

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Snuff or tobacco box of pressed horn, it has an oval form with straight upright sides. Its base is pierced with eleven small, round holes. The removable lid bears in relief the fictitious coat-of-arms of the Lumber Troop: an escutcheon displaying the moon and a star, a punch-bowl and a lantern. The supporters are figures of Bacchus and Ceres. Below is a motto in a ribbon: 'IN NOTE LAETAMUR'. Flanking the motto is a maker's mark: 'BAKER | FECIT'.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1720-1740 (made)

Artist/maker

Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10
Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pressed horn

Marks and inscriptions

'IN NOCTE LAETAMUR'
'We rejoice in the night'

'BAKER | FECIT'
Made by Baker

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 9 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1940 by J.H. Burn of Dipton House, Riding Mill, Northumberland.

Historical context note

The arms on this small box are an ornament for a tobacco paper designed and engraved by the artist William Hogarth for John Harrison, who kept a tobacco shop in Bell Yard, Temple Bar. Harrison was famous for singing bawdy Bacchanalian songs and was admitted on that account, every evening, into taverns, where he would also sell his wares. Both Hogarth and Harrison belonged to a social organisation known as the 'Lumber Troop' around the year 1730.

Descriptive line

Snuff or tobacco box, pressed horn, England, 1720-40

Materials

Horn

Techniques

Pressing

Subjects depicted

Star; Punch bowl; Lanterns; Moon

Categories

Smoking accessories; Personal accessories

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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