William Hogarth and 18th-Century Print Culture

William Hogarth and 18th-Century Print Culture

Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn, William Hogarth, 1738

Hogarth and 18th-Century Print Culture commemorates the 300th anniversary of one of Britain's most influential artists. This exhibition critically reassesses the satirical graphic work of William Hogarth (1697-1764) by highlighting a variety of eighteenth-century themes that are of particular fascination to a contemporary audience. Hogarth's range of inquiry was extremely wide, touching upon topics from everyday life as well as upon more theoretical debates. The thematic sections of the exhibition reveal Hogarth's deep concern with the ills of the modern city, the dignity of and the dangers faced by professional women, and issues of theatricality, race, class, and taste. Moreover, Hogarth was an active participant in the public sphere, immersed in contemporary aesthetic, political, and physiognomic debates.

© 1997, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

William Hogarth and 18th-Century Print Culture is being hosted by
The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
, Northwestern University
Exhibition and Website Credits

The Engravings of William Hogarth CD , from Graphic Type, Limited. This CD Rom contains works by William Hogarth in the Kylin Archive, with commentary by the archive's founder, Gerry Tomlinson.