'Marriage a la Mode: 1, The Marriage Contract', 1743. Artist: William Hogarth
'Marriage a la Mode: 1, The Marriage Contract', 1743. The ageing Earl Squander, proud of his family tree but in need of money to maintain his position, is arranging the marriage of his son to the daughter of a wealthy city merchant. The young couple show no interest in each other, the bride plays with the ring threaded on her handkerchief, while the groom takes a pinch of snuff while admiring himself in a mirror. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London.
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