• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 374


    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 1750
    The interior finely painted after Hogarth with a bawdy scene said to be in St. John's Coffee-House, Temple Bar, of eleven gentlemen in varying degrees of intoxication, titled below A, MIDNIGHT, MODERN, CONVERSATION,', within a scrollwork cartouche and fruiting grapevine, the exterior with three pastoral panels divided by trellis
    10 in. (25.4 cm.) diameter

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    William Hogarth's famous satiric print was first published in 1733. It has been suggested that the figures are identifiable citizens of the time including: a prize-fighter James Figg (supine in the foreground), a cleric Cornelius Ford (with ladle at the right), a tobacconist John Harrison (depicted toasting), a barrister Kettleby and a bookbinder Chandler. Adding irony to the title, note the time on the tallcase clock reads four o'clock. The original oil on canvas of this scene is today in the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Center, New Haven.


    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 May 1984, lot 75.
    John Philip Kassebaum Collection; Sotheby's, London, 1 October 1991, lot 92.
    With Mark and Marjorie Allen, New Hampshire.