Morality Tales: William Hogarth

William Hogarth (1697-1764)
Beer Street, state 3, 1751
Etching with engraving on laid paper
21-3/4” x 17-3/4”
Dr. & Mrs. E. William Ewers Gift for Fine Arts Fund Purchase

(October 21-December 12, 2004)

Considered a leading figure in British art of the first half of the eighteenth century, William Hogarth (1697-1764) is best remembered for his satirical engravings, particularly pointed critiques that revealed a number of the less-than savory aspects of English society of the time. This exhibition will present five of his most important sets of engravings, all based on paintings he himself created. They include A Harlot’s Progress (1732), A Rake’s Progress (1735), Before and After (1736), The Four Times of Day (1738), and two new acquisitions, lifetime impressions of the companion engravings Beer Street and Gin Lane (1750/51), as well as an insightful self-portrait of the artist, The Painter and his Pug, engraved by Benjamin Smith in 1795 after a painting by the artist of the same title.