This painting is part of the group: Marriage A-la-Mode

'Marriage A-la-Mode' was the first of Hogarth's satirical moralising series of engravings that took the upper echelons of society as its subject. The paintings were models from which the engravings would be made. The engravings reverse the compositions.

This episode takes place in a bagnio, originally a word used to describe coffee houses which offered Turkish baths, but by 1740 it signified a place where rooms could be provided for the night with no questions asked. The Countess and the lawyer have retired there after the masquerade. The young Earl has followed them and is dying from a wound inflicted by Silvertongue, who escapes through the window, while the Countess pleads forgiveness.

The noise of the fight has awakened the master of the house who appears through the door to the right with the Watch. On the rear wall is a tapestry of the 'Judgement of Solomon', and a painting of a courtesan is over the door.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1697 - 1764
Full title
Marriage A-la-Mode: 5, The Bagnio
Group
Date made
about 1743
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
70.5 x 90.8 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG117
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Marriage A-la-Mode

Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 1, The Marriage Settlement'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 3, The Inspection'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 4, The Toilette'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 6, The Lady's Death'