Marriage a la Mode. Plate III. Engraved from the Original Picture. Size of the Picture 3ft by 2ft 4in.
Published on Jan. 1, 1798, by J & J Boydell, No. 90 Cheapside, & at the Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall.
Mezzotint. 495 x 650mm.
The third plate shows the Viscount at a doctor, accompanied by his child mistress. The black spot on his neck is Hogarth's code for those with venereal disease; he holds a box of the mercurial pills which were the only known treatment. The older woman holding a clasp knife appears to be the young girl's mother. The machines to the right are described in the open book, and are for setting a broken shoulder, and drawing corks. Earlom's six mezzotints for the Marriage à la Mode set were published one at a time from 1795 to 1800. They were then sold via subscription through Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.
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