Sir William Fettes Douglas

Hudibras and Ralph Visiting the Astrologer (from Butler's 'Hudibras')

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