The Laughing Audience

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The Laughing Audience
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William Hogarth

The Laughing Audience.

London, J. Boydell 1808

Copper engraving



The auditorium of a theatre, with the audience laughing at the unseen play. At the bottom is the orchestra with the musicians solemnly blowing on bassoon-like instruments, and above them is the pit, separated from the orchestra by a row of spikes. A sourly restrained gentleman is evidently a critic, and in the row of boxes at the top are two foppish rakes, one making advances to a woman and the other to two orange girls. Paulson 130.