William Hogarth (1697-1764) aspired to be a great society painter of his age. However, his sense of humour and social conscience threw this off course. He succeeded in becoming a great British printmaker, using prints “to reform the reigning vices” of his age. Here, Hilary Williams, who lectures for The British Museum and the Wallace Collection, will look at his series of compositions: the Harlot’s Progress; the Rake’s Progress; and the Marriage-à-la-Mode, with their related drawings, prints, and paintings, to see how Hogarth developed his themes and reflected the luxury and poverty of Georgian Britain.
Advance booking required. Talks last for approximately 45 minutes with a short time for questions.
Tuesday 6 December 2016, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
£6 Adults | £4 Friends
Image: William Hogarth (1697 - 1764), Marriage-à-la-Mode 1, The Marriage Settlement, about 1743
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