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The Wedding of Stephen Beckingham and Mary Cox  1729

by William Hogarth

This wedding group is one of the artist's first essays in the fashionable genre of the conversation piece. Beckingham, a London lawyer, and his bride are flanked by members of their families. The marriage took place at St. Benet's but the setting is based on the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. Although Hogarth was sought after for his ability to cap...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art