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Industry and Idleness was a common theme for many prints in the 18th century. The most famous example is Hogarth’s. His series features 12 plates, which were just engraved and never painted, each of which has a Biblical quotation relevant to the scene: THE FELLOW-‘PRENTICES AT THEIR LOOMS “The drunkard shall come to poverty, and
In 1736, Hogarth created a satirical print in which he ridiculed the university of Oxford. Its students were accused to be ignorant and lazy, more interested in having fun that studying. Doesn’t sound much different from today, does it? Here’s how John Trusler, in his The Works of William Hogarth, describes this satirical print: “No
Four Times Of The Day is a series of paintings, which were later engraved, by William Hogarth. Unlike some of his other series, such as A Harlot’s Progress or Industry And Idleness, the Four Times Of The Day don’t tell the story of an individual, but depicts scenes of London life as the day progresses.
William Hogarth originally engraved “The Battle of the Pictures” as a bidder’s ticket for an auction of his paintings, which included sets such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress and The Four Times of the Day. But the work also represents a scathing commentary on the action houses of his time, and the unethical
John Trusler describes the Southwark Fair, the famous Hogarth’s print. It depicts the fair held every September near the Church of St George the Martyr, and it was an occasion both for revelry and debauchery: The principal view upon the left represents the fall of a scaffold, on which was assembled a strolling company, pointed
Hogarth was an avowed patriot who was concerned about the spread of foreign fashions in England. In his print, The Bad Taste Of the Town, also known as Masquerades And Operas, he attacked the Italian operas and singers that were displacing classic English theater and the masquerade dances thrown by the Swiss impresario Heidegger, which
Hello everyone, the year is almost over. That means it’s time to take a small trip down memory lane and reminisce about some of the topics we’ve discussed this year. Here we go: Le Bon Genre: a series of prints depicting the lives, pastimes and interests of the Parisian middle class at the beginning of
David Garrick was one of the most famous actors of his time. One of the roles that helped to establish his reputation was that of Richard III. His friend William Hogarth, a skilled portraitist as well as a witty satirist, painted him in the character of the last Plantagenet king. To be precise, the painting
English artist William Hogarth was a patriotic man who deeply disliked France. He showed his feelings about the two rival countries in two prints entitled “The Invasion; Or, France And England”. Let’s take a close look at them, shall we? Oh, and don’t forget to click on the pictures to enlarge them. FRANCE With lantern
English painter, engraver and cartoonist William Hogarth is one of my favourite artists. His moral and social works ruthlessly but wittily depict the evils of his time, giving us amazing insights into the world of 18th century England. One of his best known works is called Marriage A La Mode. A series of six paintings,