This series of 30-minute lectures introduces the life and work of the artist, William Hogarth. Born in London in 1697, Hogarth went on to undertake an apprenticeship as an engraver, which he later abandoned. He is most noted for his serialised works satirising society and morality. His works became hugely popular due to the mass production and distribution of his etchings.
Lectures will be released weekly from 8 April to 13 May 2021.
Week 1 | The Original: Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress (1732)
Week 2 | The Sequel: Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress (1734–5)
Week 3 | London Lives: Hogarth’s Industry and Idleness (1747)
Week 4 | Pleasure and Violence: Hogarth’s The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751)
Week 5 | From Hogarth to Thatcher: Lubaina Himid's A Fashionable Marriage (1986)
Week 6 | Hogarth In and Out of History: Yinka Shonibare’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy (1998)
Further reading and resources
Rowson, Martin. ‘The grandfather of satire: William Hogarth’. Tate Etc. 1 January 2007. https://www.tate.org.uk/tate-etc/issue-9-spring-2007/grandfather-satire.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ‘Engraving’. Last accessed 1 April 2021. https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/drawings-and-prints/materials-and-techniques/printmaking/engraving.
Wikipedia. "William Hogarth." Last modified 16 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Hogarth&oldid=958230187.
Explore William Hogarth’s other engravings at the British Museum.