A Scene from The Beggar's Opera

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Title

A Scene from The Beggar's Opera

Description

The painting paints a scene from the famous opera at the time: The Beggar's Opera. In this scene, on trial for a robbery, Captain Macheath stands imprisoned in shackles with his two lovers sprawled on the floor pleading for his life. The two lovers are his mistress, Lucy (who kneels beneath her father with the keys on his belt who is in charge of jailing) and his wife, Poly (who kneels beneath her father who is a genius ready to argue on the behalf of Macheath.

Creator

William Hogarth

Source

Tate Gallery, London

Publisher

National Gallery of Art

Date

1728-1729

Contributor

Megumi Gupta

Relation

William Hogarth

Format

Oil on canvas

Type

Painting

Coverage

Similar to themes in Roxana, this shows how vulnerable and dependent women are to their male figures around them. In the painting and thus the portrayal of the popular opera, we see the women sprawled on the floor, begging their respective fathers (first main male figure) to help them save their present main male figure, despite his wrong doing. Their position on the ground emphaissies this power discrepancy.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

51.1 x 61.2 cm (20 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

Files

0.1.jpg

Citation

William Hogarth, “A Scene from The Beggar's Opera,” Enlightenmens, accessed September 29, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/157.

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