William Hogarth - «The Stay-Maker»
The humour in this Print is not very striking. The Male Stay-maker seems to be taking professional liberties with a Female in the very room where her Husband sits, who is playing with one of his Children presented to him by a Nurse, perhaps with a view to call off his attention from what is going forward. The Hag shews her pretended love for the Infant by the mode in which she is kissing him.
A Maid-servant holds a Looking-glass for the Lady, and peeps significantly at the Operator from behind it.
A Boy with a cockade on, and a little sword by his side, appears to observe the familiarities already mentioned, and is strutting up fiercely towards the Stay-maker, while a Girl is spilling some liquor in his hat.
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"William Hogarth - «The Stay-Maker»", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 28/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/arts/peinture/william-hogarth-the-stay-maker