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The Betrothal: Lessons: The Shipwreck, after ‘Marriage a la Mode’ by Hogarth

This triptych is based on William Hogarth's satirical series Marriage-À-la Mode (1743-5). Rego's reinterpretation of this story of a failed marriage draws on her childhood in Portugal.On the left, two women arrange the marriage of the girl in white and the shy boy hiding behind his mother. A sinister sex scene seems a bad omen for their relationship. The central panel seems to satirise woman's vanity. On the right, thirty years later, the husband has lost all their money in Brazil and is literally supported by his wife. The story is, perhaps, one of female suffering and fortitude.

Detailed Description This work is a large scale pastel triptych made by the artist for the exhibition Encounte...

1999
3 works on paper, pastel, mounted onto aluminium
1650.0 x 5000.0mm
T07919
Image © Paula Rego, 2022
Text © Tate Britain, 2022

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