C1756
 (1820)

Southwark Fair

In this print Hogarth plays on the incongruities between the high and low, the sublime and the ridiculous that appear in the scene. This fair was held annually in September and often lasted a full fortnight: because of the riot … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Southwark Fair

Date:

C1756
 (1820)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

450mm 
x 350mm

Paper Size: 

630mm 
x 480mm
AUTHENTICITY
Southwark Fair - Antique Print from 1756

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

In this print Hogarth plays on the incongruities between the high and low, the sublime and the ridiculous that appear in the scene. This fair was held annually in September and often lasted a full fortnight: because of the riot and disorder that attended it, it was suppressed in 1762.

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.

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