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 pursue a varied, controversial and consistently innovative artistic career. He is most noted for his ‘modern moral subjects’, which consisted of pictorial sequences satirising Georgian society and morality. Hogarth’s impact has been long-lasting, and the final two films of this series explore a pair of important responses to his work on the part of two major contemporary artists.
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.