Hogarth Reconsidered

Professional Women

Among the characters in Hogarth's urban landscapes are women who earn their living as fish sellers, seamstresses, prostitutes, milkmaids, ballot-sellers and actresses. His most famous series, The Harlot's Progress narrates a country girl's arrival in London and entrance into professional life of the city. Though not untouched by the corruption and decay of London city life, Hogarth's working women find places for themselves in the struggling economy of the city.

Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn [1738]
Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn [1738]

 

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