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William Hogarth

The deterioration of British morals.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
The Company of Undertakers
William Hogarth is the father of satirical caricatures and moral paintings, a genre which would later develop into cartoons and one of the most innovative artists of his generation, depicting 18th-century life, culture and his middle-class upbringing.
Born 1697, in a time of social and moral depravity into a poor, middle-class family, he lived in debtors' lodging for five years as a very young boy and had seen the dark side of life. Hogarth started work as an apprentice of Ellis Gamble, a plate engraver, at the age of 16. He developed his artistic skills by attending Sir James Thornhill's Academy of art in London's Covent Garden and gained popularity for his prints that brought art to the common man for the first time in history.
From 1731 onwards, Hogarth produced what was to become known as his 'modern morality' paintings. These were specifically designed to be copied in large numbers and sold as prints to members of the public. The deterioration of British morals particularly concerned him and his satirical engravings illustrate his concerns for his fellow countrymen.
He created a new school of English painting to rival the Old Masters of the Renaissance. Technological advances allowed his engravings to be sold in large numbers to people who would not have been able to previously afford art.
His series of moral paintings, such as A Harlot's Progress and A Rake's Progress took a satirical look at the social order of the day and highlighted the best and worst parts of English culture.
The principals of this work relied heavily on what Hogarth described as 'the Line of Beauty', the serpentine line which was incorporated into much of his work.
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Shrimp Girl

Shrimp Girl

Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, Florence 1728–1815 Lisbon)

Marriage A-la-Mode, plate IV (reverse copy)

Marriage A-la-Mode, plate IV (reverse copy)

Copy after William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Sarah Malcolm

Sarah Malcolm

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Shop Card for Mrs. Holt's Italian Warehouse

Shop Card for Mrs. Holt's Italian Warehouse

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Sallying Forth (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, no. 1)

Hudibras Sallying Forth (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butl...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, no. 5)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samue...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Visiting Sidrophel (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, no. 11)

Hudibras Visiting Sidrophel (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel ...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, no. 7)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butl...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras First Adventure (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, no. 2)

Hudibras First Adventure (Seventeen Small Illustrations for Samuel But...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The South Sea Scheme

The South Sea Scheme

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 2: Fantasio at Church

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 2: Fantasio at Church

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 4: Invidiosa Releases Fantasio

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 4: Invidiosa Releases Fantasio

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 3: The Bandits Abduct Camilla

The New Metamorphosis, Plate 3: The Bandits Abduct Camilla

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Triumphant (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 4)

Hudibras Triumphant (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hu...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Catechized (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 9)

Hudibras Catechized (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hu...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Breaking the Legs (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Breaking the Legs (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 1

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 1

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Beheading (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Beheading (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras's First Adventure (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 3)

Hudibras's First Adventure (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butl...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Triumphant (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 4)

Hudibras Triumphant (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hu...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 2:

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 2:

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Sir Hudibras His Passing Worth the Manner How He Sallyed Forth (Plate 2: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

Sir Hudibras His Passing Worth the Manner How He Sallyed Forth (Plate ...

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Cutting Off the Nose (Modern Military Punishments)

Cutting Off the Nose (Modern Military Punishments)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Crucifixion, etc. (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Crucifixion, etc. (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Decimation (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Decimation (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Dismemberment, etc. (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Dismemberment, etc. (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras' First Adventure (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 3)

Hudibras' First Adventure (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butle...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar (Plate 11: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar (Plate 11: Illustrations to Samuel But...

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Twelve Large Illustrations for Saumel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 6)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Twelve Large Illustrations for Saumel Butler'...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Plate 6: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Plate 6: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hud...

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The Committee (Plate 10: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

The Committee (Plate 10: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hanging by the Thumbs (Modern Military Punishments)

Hanging by the Thumbs (Modern Military Punishments)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Shameful Discharge  (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Shameful Discharge (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 5)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel B...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Twelve Large Illustrations for Saumel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 6)

Hudibras in Tribulation (Twelve Large Illustrations for Saumel Butler'...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Catechized (Plate 9: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

Hudibras Catechized (Plate 9: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibra...

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 5)

Hudibras Vanquished by Trulla (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel B...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Fustigatio (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Fustigatio (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 3

Cassandra, Frontispiece, Vol. 3

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 11)

Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Encounters the Skimmington (Plate 7: Illustrations to Samuel Butler's Hudibras)

Hudibras Encounters the Skimmington (Plate 7: Illustrations to Samuel ...

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The Committee  (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 10)

The Committee (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibra...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Hudibras Catechized (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hudibras, Plate 9)

Hudibras Catechized (Twelve Large Illustrations for Samuel Butler's Hu...

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Fustium Admonitio (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

Fustium Admonitio (John Beaver, Roman Military Punishments, 1725)

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The Punishment Inflicted on Lemuel Gulliver

The Punishment Inflicted on Lemuel Gulliver

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Frontispiece to Nicholas Amhurst's "Terrae-Filius"

Frontispiece to Nicholas Amhurst's "Terrae-Filius"

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Cunicularii, or the Wise Men of Godlimon in Consultation

Cunicularii, or the Wise Men of Godlimon in Consultation

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera

Design formerly attributed to William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Pisces: Hogarth's Quadrille Fish

Pisces: Hogarth's Quadrille Fish

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Frontispiece to Moliere's "Sganarelle, ou le Cocu Imaginaire" (The Imaginary Cuckold)

Frontispiece to Moliere's "Sganarelle, ou le Cocu Imaginaire" (The Ima...

John Vandergucht (British, London 1697–possibly 1732 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 1

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 1

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Midnight Modern Conversation

A Midnight Modern Conversation

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 5

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 5

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 2

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Midnight Modern Conversation

A Midnight Modern Conversation

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 6

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 6

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 4

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 4

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Sarah Malcolm

Sarah Malcolm

After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

The Laughing Audience

The Laughing Audience

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Southwark Fair

Southwark Fair

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Southwark Fair

Southwark Fair

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 6

A Rake's Progress, Plate 6

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 3

A Rake's Progress, Plate 3

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 8

A Rake's Progress, Plate 8

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

A Rake's Progress, Plate 2

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Benefit Ticket for Walker

Benefit Ticket for Walker

Formerly attributed to William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

A Rake's Progress, Plate 3

A Rake's Progress, Plate 3

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)