The Marriage Contract By William Hogarth

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William Hogarth THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT, from Marriage a la Mode, 1743-1745, Oil on canvas, 69.9 x 90.8cm. National Gallery, London. The Marriage Contract interprets a disturbing story about an arranged marriage that ends in murder/suicide. There are an additional five scenes displaying this union and the tragic end the bride and groom. The story takes place in the mansion of Lord Squanderfield. He is marrying his son off to the daughter of a very rich merchant. In the painting you see the Lord with his foot bandaged up on a stool. The Lord is most likely suffering from gout, implying that he drink too much alcohol and ate rich foods. Hogarth put this in the painting to show greediness and overindulgence. The lord is also shown holding his
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