For this exhibition all of William Hogarth's (1697-1764) surviving painted series will be united for the first time to examine his complex views on morality, the society and the city.
The darkly satirical series of William Hogarth have an enduring appeal today. Cutting through social conventions, they present with wit and humour the immorality and vice that Hogarth perceived in all classes of society.
For this exhibition, the Sir John Soane Museum’s own Rake’s Progress and An Election will be joined by Marriage A-la-Mode from the National Gallery, the Four Times of Day from the National Trust and a private collection, as well as the three surviving paintings of The Happy Marriage from Tate and the Royal Cornwall Museum.
Displayed across the backdrop of Sir John Soane’s Museum, the exhibition will demonstrate how Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subjects’ married the idea of progress with the moral geography of London in a dynamic and evolving way throughout his own progress as an artist.