William Hogarth (1697 - 1794)
Originally intended as a raffle ticket for Hogarth’s
painting, ‘Sigismunda mourning over the heart of Guiscardo, her
murder’d Husband’, 1759, depicting a moment from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Ref: Getty
From The works of William Hogarth from the original plates
restored by James Heath : with the addition of many subjects not before
collected, to which are prefixed a biographical essay on the genius and
productions of Hogarth, and explanations of the subjects of the plates,
by John Nichols.
Biography: William Hogarth (1697-1794) Hogarth was born in
London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from
Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce
his own engraved designs from 1710. He later took up oil painting,
starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went
on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but
based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was ‘The Harlot’s
Progress’ (1731), and perhaps the most famous ‘The Rake’s Progress’. His
engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of
1735 as protection for writers and artists.
William Hogarth (1697-1794)
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