Subscription ticket for “A Rakes’s Progress”and “Southwark Fair” with an
audience of men and women in a theatre pit, all but one man laughing
uproariously; above them in a box, two gentleman ignore the stage in
favour of an orange girl and another young woman who takes a pinch of
snuff; another orange girl reaches from the pit to tug at the sleeve of
one of the gentlemen; to left three musicians, protected from the
audience by a row of spikes.
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
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)
Hogarth was born in
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