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A study with minor differences for Hogarth's print of 'The Enraged Musician', published in November 1741 and advertised as a companion piece to 'The Distressed Poet' (1736), for which the preparatory painting is in Birmingham City Art Gallery. A third composition on the troubles of a painter was projected but never completed. The musician stopping his ears in the window has been interrupted by the sounds from the street: a knife grinder, a dustman, a drummer, an itinerant oboe player, a mother holding a screaming baby and singing, while a child waves a rattle.
oil on canvas
H 38 x W 48 cm
Presented by Chambers Hall, 1855