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Hogarth Collection

Hogarth, the renowned artist of the 18th century, left an indelible mark on the art world with his satirical and thought-provoking works

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth, Beer Street

Hogarth, Beer Street. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin. A scene of London life in which happy and healthy tradesmen

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth, Gin Lane

Hogarth, Gin Lane. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin (which later became the Gin Act)

Background imageHogarth Collection: Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)

Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. Artist: Hogarth, William (1697-1764)
Gin Lane (Beer Street and Gin Lane 2), 1751. From a private collection

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Actresses Barn

Hogarth Actresses Barn
Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn Using a loophole in the law that defied actors to act outside London without a licence

Background imageHogarth Collection: Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Beer Street, 1751. Working people enjoying a tankard of beer outside the Barley Mow public house. The figures include two women with baskets of fish and a butcher holding a joint of meat

Background imageHogarth Collection: The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). Creator: William Hogarth

The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). Creator: William Hogarth
The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). A man with a chain and padlock round his neck, carrying a " load of mischief" : a woman holding a glass of gin rides on his back

Background imageHogarth Collection: SIMON FRASER (1667?-1747). 11th Baron Lovat. Scottish Jacobite intriguer. Etching

SIMON FRASER (1667?-1747). 11th Baron Lovat. Scottish Jacobite intriguer. Etching, 1746, by William Hogarth

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: GIN LANE. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860

HOGARTH: GIN LANE. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860, after the original by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Background imageHogarth Collection: Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Gin Lane, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Gin Lane, 1751.The scene is the St Giles slums. A child falls to its death from the arms of its drunk mother who sits with ulcerated legs. A skeletal figure holds an empty glass

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860

HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860, after the original by William Hogarth

Background imageHogarth Collection: Drinking / Intemperance

Drinking / Intemperance
Political print of Gin Lane supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin. The pawnbrokers, gin cellar and distillery are now flourishing

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 4. Night. In a narrow street leading to Charing Cross, with an equestrian statue of Charles I at the far end

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Noon

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Noon
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 2. Noon. A group of Huguenots attend the French Church in Hog Lane, London (right), opposite an eating house and a group of disreputable people (left)

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / False Perspectiv

Hogarth / False Perspectiv
An exercise in false perspective. Date: early 19th century

Background imageHogarth Collection: The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)
William Hogarth (1697-1764). British artist, engraver, illustrator and satirical painter. The Gate of Calais. Etching by Hogarth. Engraving. The Iberian Illustration, 1888. Colored

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design)

HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design, without the knowledge of perspective)
HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design, without the knowledge of perspective, will be liable to such absurdities as are shown in this print)

Background imageHogarth Collection: Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735

Revelling with Harlots, plate III of A Rakes Progress, 1735. Tom Rakewell and a companion consorting with harlots in a tavern

Background imageHogarth Collection: Southwark Fair / Hogarth

Southwark Fair / Hogarth
Southwark Fair Various performers compete to attract the publics attention

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: FOUR TIMES OF DAY. Night. Steel engraving after the original, 1738, by William Hogarth

HOGARTH: FOUR TIMES OF DAY. Night. Steel engraving after the original, 1738, by William Hogarth

Background imageHogarth Collection: T E Lawrence, Colonel Dawnay and Commander Hogarth

T E Lawrence, Colonel Dawnay and Commander Hogarth
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia, 1888-1935), British Army officer best known for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 2

Hogarth Rake Plate 2
The Rakes Progress 2. Hogarths Rake surrounded by flattering artists and professors

Background imageHogarth Collection: Enraged Musician / Hogarth

Enraged Musician / Hogarth
THE ENRAGED MUSICIAN A ballad singer, a screeching parrot, a piper, a drummer, a barking dog, a knife grinder, fighting cats and other noises disturb his violin practice

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / Audience Laughs

Hogarth / Audience Laughs
The Laughing Audience

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / Marriage-Mode 2

Hogarth / Marriage-Mode 2
2. Breakfast scene

Background imageHogarth Collection: Flora MacDonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine

Flora MacDonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine, friend and helper of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie)

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: FOUR TIMES OF DAY. Noon. Steel engraving after the etching and engraving, 1738

HOGARTH: FOUR TIMES OF DAY. Noon. Steel engraving after the etching and engraving, 1738, by William Hogarth

Background imageHogarth Collection: Drunken Party / Hogarth

Drunken Party / Hogarth
A Midnight Modern Conversation A very drunken party of men

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 7

Hogarth Rake Plate 7
The Rakes Progress 7. Scene in the Fleet prison

Background imageHogarth Collection: Art / Hogarth / The Times

Art / Hogarth / The Times
THE TIMES 1 of 2 a satire on political rivalry between the Pitt and Temple factions

Background imageHogarth Collection: Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef

Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef
THE GATE OF CALAIS, OR, O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND a satire on the well-fed English versus the poorly- fed French

Background imageHogarth Collection: The Bathos (Hogarth)

The Bathos (Hogarth)
Tailpiece, or the Bathos : in his final print, Hogarth reiterates his opinions about the vogue for dark Old Master paintings in a complex allegorical image

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / British Stage

Hogarth / British Stage
A JUST VIEW OF THE BRITISH STAGE or Three heads are better than one, scene Newgate

Background imageHogarth Collection: Cockfighting / Hogarth / Col

Cockfighting / Hogarth / Col
A group of men watching a cockfight in a ring

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Election / 1Of4(C)

Hogarth Election / 1Of4(C)
THE ELECTION An election entertainment: a Whig banquet, with Tories demonstrating outside plate 1 of 4 Date: 1755

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / Election / B / W / (2)

Hogarth / Election / B / W / (2)
2. THE ELECTION Canvassing for votes

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 8

Hogarth Rake Plate 8
The Rakes Progress 8. A scene in Bedlam asylum

Background imageHogarth Collection: Rakes Progress 5

Rakes Progress 5
The Rakes Progress 5. A marriage ceremony

Background imageHogarth Collection: William Hogarth, English, (1697-1764), The Reward of Cruelty, 1751, etching and engraving

William Hogarth, English, (1697-1764), The Reward of Cruelty, 1751, etching and engraving

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Evening

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Evening
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 3. Evening. The original Sadlers Wells Theatre building can be seen on the left. A cow is being milked, suggesting that it is around five o clock

Background imageHogarth Collection: Contract I Hogarth 1745

Contract I Hogarth 1745
Marriage a la Mode 1. The Contract The Earl of Squanderfield and a rich Alderman of the City of London arrange a marriage between son and daughter

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / Marriage-Mode 4

Hogarth / Marriage-Mode 4
4. Toilette scene

Background imageHogarth Collection: Gin Lane, February 1, 1751. Creator: William Hogarth

Gin Lane, February 1, 1751. Creator: William Hogarth
Gin Lane, February 1, 1751

Background imageHogarth Collection: Peg Woffington, (c. 1750), 1937

Peg Woffington, (c. 1750), 1937
Peg Woffington, c1750. Margaret Peg Woffington (1720-1760), was a well known Irish actress in Georgian London. After a work attributed to William Hogarth (1697-1764). From The Connoisseur, 1937

Background imageHogarth Collection: HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 4

Hogarth Rake Plate 4
The Rakes Progress 4. Arrested for debt in Whitehall as he is on his way to court

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth before After

Hogarth before After
Before A reluctant lady and her seducer

Background imageHogarth Collection: Rakes Progress 3

Rakes Progress 3
The Rakes Progress Tavern scene - illustration to The Rakes Progress

Background imageHogarth Collection: Hogarth / Rakes / Tailor

Hogarth / Rakes / Tailor
The Rakes Progress 1. The young heir is measured for new clothes



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Hogarth, the renowned artist of the 18th century, left an indelible mark on the art world with his satirical and thought-provoking works. His famous pieces, "Gin Lane" and "Beer Street, " depicted contrasting scenes of society's indulgence in alcohol. In these engravings, Hogarth highlighted the devastating consequences of excessive drinking and intemperance. "Gin Lane, " created in 1751, portrays a grim scene where poverty, despair, and moral decay prevail due to gin consumption. The image serves as a cautionary tale against the dangers of addiction and its impact on society. Similarly, "Beer Street" presents a stark contrast to Gin Lane by depicting a thriving community fueled by responsible beer consumption. This work aimed to promote moderation while emphasizing that beer could be enjoyed without leading to ruinous outcomes. In another notable piece titled "Four Times of Day: Noon, " Hogarth captured everyday life during midday hours. Through this series of paintings, he showcased various social classes interacting within bustling city streets. One aspect that set Hogarth apart was his ability to expose false perspectives prevalent in society through satire. In his artwork titled "False Perspective, " he ridiculed those who lacked knowledge about perspective in design creation. By highlighting absurdities resulting from this ignorance, Hogarth emphasized the importance of understanding fundamental artistic principles. Furthermore, Hogarth's masterpiece called "A Rake's Progress" delved into themes such as decadence and immorality. Plate III specifically depicts revelry alongside harlots—a vivid portrayal reflecting societal vices prevalent during that era. Lastly, one cannot overlook Hogarth's captivating depiction of nighttime in his work entitled "Four Times of Day: Night. " This engraving captures London after dark with its vibrant nightlife but also exposes darker elements lurking beneath the surface. William Hogarth remains an influential figure whose art continues to resonate today for its powerful social commentary and skillful execution.