(England 10 Nov 1697 – 25 or 26 October 1764)
Credulity, superstition and fanaticism
- Not on display
- Further information
This print started off as an elaborate satire on the ‘enthusiasm’ of Methodist preaching. Hogarth later revised the composition, extending it to a broader attack on ‘credulity, superstition and fanaticism’. The fainting woman on the left is Mary Tofts, who tricked people into believing she gave birth to rabbits. On the right, a religious thermometer measures the congregation’s reaction to the sermon. The preacher, holding puppets of a devil and a witch, is exposed as a charlatan by his harlequin shirt. His falling wig reveals a monastic tonsure, suggesting that Methodism and Popery amount to the same thing.
- etching and engraving
- 37.8 x 33.0 cm platemark
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- European Art Collection Benefactors' Fund 2011
- Accession number
- Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings 2011