Marriage A-la-Mode: 6, The Lady's Death
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.

The final scene takes place in the house of the Countess's father. She has taken poison on learning that her lover has been hanged for the murder of the Earl, reported in the broadsheet at her feet.

Her crippled child embraces her and her father removes a ring from her finger as a suicide's possessions were forfeit. In the centre an apothecary remonstrates with the servant whom he accuses of obtaining the poison.

Through the window to the right is a view of Old London Bridge. A dog seizes his chance to make off with the frugal meal on the table. The paintings on the wall to the left are Dutch low-life scenes, indicating the taste of the alderman.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1697 - 1764
Full title
Marriage A-la-Mode: 6, The Lady's Death
Group
Date made
about 1743
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
69.9 x 90.8 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG118
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: 5, The Bagnio'