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William Hogarth

British, 1697–1764

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William Hogarth

British, 1697–1764

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English painter and printmaker William Hogarth is best known for his moral and satirical engravings and paintings, such as his eight-scene A Rake’s Progress (begun in 1732) and Marriage à la Mode (begun in 1745). A keen and humorous observer of human behavior, Hogarth depicted the exuberant life around him, from couples carousing in bawdy houses and taverns to scenes of fairs and theaters. Protective against piracy of his work, Hogarth was one of the first to obtain artist’s copyright over his engravings in a law passed as the Hogarth Act in 1735. Although his late work was not well received, Hogarth’s interest in sexuality, social integration, crime and political corruption made a lasting impact and continues to influence contemporary artists like Yinka Shonibare.

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Biography

English painter and printmaker William Hogarth is best known for his moral and satirical engravings and paintings, such as his eight-scene A Rake’s Progress (begun in 1732) and Marriage à la Mode (begun in 1745). A keen and humorous observer of human behavior, Hogarth depicted the exuberant life around him, from couples carousing in bawdy houses and taverns to scenes of fairs and theaters. Protective against piracy of his work, Hogarth was one of the first to obtain artist’s copyright over his engravings in a law passed as the Hogarth Act in 1735. Although his late work was not well received, Hogarth’s interest in sexuality, social integration, crime and political corruption made a lasting impact and continues to influence contemporary artists like Yinka Shonibare.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Articles Featuring William Hogarth
William Hogarth’s Caricatures Mocked English Society—and Made Him a National Hero
Sep 3rd, 2018
William Hogarth’s Caricatures Mocked English Society—and Made Him a National Hero
10 Artworks That Defined the Rococo Style
May 29th, 2018
10 Artworks That Defined the Rococo Style
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