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Jo's Art History Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by Jo McLaughlinWebsite

Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way!Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life h… read more


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?


Jo McLaughlin




Khan Academy Video:

Join the Culture London Lecture on the series:

William Hogarth - One Man and His Pug - there is a reference to Marriage A La Mode:

A great mini series made for BBC four.

Hogarth at the National Gallery Catalogue:

National Gallery Marriage A La Mode - Series description:

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