17. The Original Bridgerton - William Hogarth's Marriage A-La-Mode
It’s Episode 17 and if you, like the rest of the world, have fallen in love with Bridgerton - THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU.
Join me as I take you on an in-depth tour of the first ever depiction of a Bridgerton style marriage drama series in the form of William Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode.
This six part series has it all!!
Love, loss, money and betrayal!
It’s very messy with a very serious warning - when you marry for anything other than love, no good can come of it.
Let me introduce you to Hogarth’s characters of Earl Squander-field, the slippery Silver-tongue lawyer and the beautiful, yet not so innocent, Countess Squander-field!
This series is jam packed full of clues and symbols which tell the viewer the story behind the canvas. And I mean it when I say jam packed.
So, who is the innocent party? Are these two victims of their father’s plans or does this series stand as a warning to all who marry for money and not love?
Khan Academy Video:
Join the Culture London Lecture on the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW-nNj6KFGw
William Hogarth - One Man and His Pug - there is a reference to Marriage A La Mode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOMO7ugELaA&t=763s
A great mini series made for BBC four.
Hogarth at the National Gallery Catalogue:
National Gallery Marriage A La Mode - Series description: