Hogarth and Modernity

William Hogarth was the most important artist of his generation, and through the originality of his work he freed British art from its domination by foreign artists. Hogarth’s status has endured to the present day, and rests on his invention of a new kind of picture, epitomised in series such as The Harlot’s Progress and The Rake’s Progress, which the artist created as a vehicle for his unflinching observations and searing comments on the society of his own times. In this lecture, Art Fund Trustee William Vaughan discusses Hogarth’s achievement, as well as the claim that he heralded the preoccupation with contemporary life that became a key feature in European art in the 18th and 19th centuries. It will also focus on aspects of Hogarth’s work that have often been overlooked.

To book: please call 0870 050 3688. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

10 Thursday 12 February, 2.30
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