About this artwork

This illustrates the satirical poem ‘Hudibras’ by Samuel Butler, which had earlier been illustrated by William Hogarth. Hudibras and his servant Ralpho - a pair of figures like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza - pay a visit to Sidrophel the astrologer. Douglas was a collector of old books and ceramics, and the subjects of his paintings provided him with an excuse for much beautiful still-life painting of ancient bindings, tapestries and other curios.

  • title:
    Hudibras and Ralph Visiting the Astrologer (from Butler's 'Hudibras')
  • accession number:
    NG 1479
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Dated 1856
  • measurements:
    64.80 x 105.50 cm (framed: 99.70 x 141.30 x 12.90 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Dr John Kirkhope 1920

Sir William Fettes Douglas

Sir William Fettes Douglas