Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hudibras. Burning The Rumps. Plate X1. The burning of the Rumps at Temple Bar.

Shown here is an engraving from the original design of William Hogarth, one the foremost artists of the day. Hudibras, originally written by Samuel Butler (1612–80), wrote the mock-heroic poem as a warning against the dangers of religious (Puritanical) fanaticism during the Civil War period of English history Butler’s work is said to have been inspired by the 17th-century Spanish novel Don Quixote, which had been published only 50 years earlier in 1605.

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