Manchester Art Gallery

Four Prints, Morning,Evening, Noon and Night.

Object description

4 engravings. 1) "Morning" - Street scene, with children, elderly lady and lower class people. 2) "Evening" - Country scene with cross-looking family returning home. 3) "Noon" - Street scene with people coming out of church, courting couples, children. 4) "Night" - Back street scene with lower class people. A series of 4 engravings entitled 'The Four Times of Day' published in 1738 after a series of 4 paintings from 1736. Together they present a snapshot of the society of Hogarth's time - amusing depictions of life in the streets of London with the vagaries of fashion and relationships between the rich and poor. Unlike his other series, this is not a story of an individual nor is there a consecutive narrative but they present instead a snapshot of 18th century city society. As well as the 4 times of day, the 4 seasons are presented too. 'Evening' was engraved by Bernard Baron and the others by Hogarth himself. All 4 were sold by subscription for 1 guinea. The series was first published in 1738 followed by a second published edition in 1797. A later edition was published by William Heath, London in 1822.