Matrimonial Harmonics

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Gillray invites an ironic reading of Matrimonial Harmonics (1805) by filling the print with broken and decrepit symbols of love and domestic happiness. The partner print, Harmony before Matrimony, suggests through the image of a loving young couple playing and singing together in the parlor that the pursuit of fashionable home hobbies like music portended marital bliss—yet here it creates disillusion and disharmony.