The Wedding of Stephen Beckingham and Mary Cox

Artist: William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Date: 1729

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (128.3 x 102.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Fund, 1936

Accession Number: 36.111


This wedding group is one of the artist's first essays in what was to become 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 capture a likeness, the solemn event depicted here seems to have had limited appeal to him by comparison with his famous satirical subjects.