Your search for art, design, antiques and collectables starts here

William Hogarth (1697-1764) United Kingdom

Hogarth was an eighteenth-century English artist, now best known for his prints and engravings, depicting contemporary London life with social critique and a satirical bite. He trained as an apprentice engraver, but despite his lack of formal artistic education, he was appointed Serjeant Painter to the King in 1757, and was a popular society portraitist.
His most famous works focus on the dark underworld of the city, depicting the poverty, disease, and moral corruption he saw lurking underneath the surface of genteel society. He produced several narrative sequences of prints, not unlike a precursor to the cartoon strip, tracing the stories of naive innocents and heartless rakes in the big city.

Articles related to William Hogarth (1697-1764) United Kingdom

The Silent Beholders – Art in Other Paintings

Now and then throughout the history of art one stumbles upon pieces where on the artist has utilized a contemporary’s style as inspiration. Why is this so? Lack of imagination is definitely not the answer. Beneath the surface of the artwork lie several factors that exemplify the saying “imitation is the highest form of flattery”.