Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

The Laughing Audience
  • William Hogarth
    born: London, England, United Kingdom ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
  • The Laughing Audience, 1733
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 176 x 157 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 187 x 169 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 241 x 211 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2005.0068

Black and white drawing of figures in an interior. There is a balcony in the top half of the image. There are two couples shown from the waist up. There is a male and female figure in the top left quadrant. The woman is on the left wearing a bonnet, dress, scarf, and holding a basket in her right hand. She is looking right and holding an apple above the basket with her left hand. There is a man in front of her in profile looking left. His hair has a bow on the back. He has an ornate jacket with large sleeves and bands of decoration. His left sleeve is being touched by a woman in the center of the composition holding a basket in her left hand. There is a man to the right of the other man. He is in profile looking right. He has a bow behind his hair and wears a jacket with buttons down the center. A woman the right touches his chest with her right hand. Her left hand touches an object he holds in his right hand. There are candles at upper left and in the top right corner. There is a crowd of figures from bottom left to center right. The three figures at bottom left have musical instruments in their mouths and are shown from the chin up. The figures in the bottom right quadrant are laughing with open mouths. There are men and women. They are shown from the chest up and look slightly left.