William Hogarth
(1697-1764)

Died aged c. 67

William Hogarth FRSA (/ˈhoʊɡɑːrθ/; 10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ranges from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects", and he is perhaps best known for his series A Harlot's Progress, A Rake's Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian". Hogarth was born in London to a lower-middle-class family. In his youth he took up an apprenticeship with an engraver, but did not complete the apprenticeship. His father underwent periods of mixed fortune, and was at one time imprisoned in lieu of outstanding debts, an event that is thought to have informed William's paintings and prints with a hard edge. Influenced by French and Italian painting and engraving, Hogarth's works are mostly satirical caricatures, sometimes bawdily sexual, mostly of the first rank of realistic portraiture. They became widely popular and mass-produced via prints in his lifetime, and he was by far the most significant English artist of his generation. Charles Lamb deemed Hogarth's images to be books, filled with "the teeming, fruitful, suggestive meaning of words. Other pictures we look at; his pictures we read."

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In a house on this site lived William Hogarth Artist 1697 - 1764 (plaque not yet erected)

?, London, United Kingdom where they lived

William Hogarth, 10 November 1697 - 26 October 1764, Satirical Artist and Illustrator. Trained as an engraver, he depicted the unseemly behaviour of contemporaries in works like the 'Beggar's Opera' (1728) and the 'A Rake's Progress' (1732). Much of his work was pirated and he was instrumental in the passing of the Copyright Act of 1735 which was known at the time as 'Hogarth's Act'. He lived in 'Leicester Fields' from 1726 until his death. He was buried in Chiswick Parish at St. Nicholas, London, W4 in 1764. The bust is by Joseph Durham (1875).

Hogarth bust - Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom where they is commemorated

William Hogarth painter & engraver 1697-1764 lived and worked here for 15 years

Hogarth House, Hogarth Lane, Chiswick, W4, London, United Kingdom where they lived

William Hogarth artist 1697-1764 Sergeant Painter to King George II lived on the east side of this square

Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived near