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William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver

Sitter associated with 19 portraits
Artist associated with 125 portraits
Hogarth began painting in 1727 and soon produced life-size portraits and 'comic histories' such as The Rake's Progress and Marriage à-la-mode. An abrasive social commentator, he was appointed Sergeant Painter to George II in 1757. At a time when foreign artists flocked to London, Hogarth was increasingly concerned with the status of native artists and advocated for the Englishness of English art. He wrote The Analysis of Beauty in 1753, a treatise on art and beauty. His engravings were more highly esteemed at the time than his paintings.

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L243

John ('Jack') Broughton

by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, circa 1730
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L243

2427

Thomas Coram

after William Hogarth
pencil(?) and wash, feigned oval, (1740)
NPG 2427

5734

William Jones

by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, 1740
NPG 5734

216

Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat

after William Hogarth
oil on canvas, (1746)
NPG 216

D36496

Portrait of the Jeffreys family

after William Hogarth
carbon print, before 1912 (1720)
NPG D36496

D21368

'The South Sea Scheme'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, circa 1721
NPG D21368

D21369

'The Lottery'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, 1724
NPG D21369

D13200

Martin Folkes

by William Hogarth
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D13200

D21375

A Chorus of Singers

by William Hogarth
etching, 1732
NPG D21375

D38165

Sarah Malcolm

after William Hogarth
mezzotint, (1733)
NPG D38165

D21372

'Scholars at a Lecture'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, 1736
NPG D21372

D21373

'The Company of Undertakers'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, 1736
NPG D21373

D21376

'Scholars at a Lecture'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, 1736
NPG D21376

D1293

Frances Byron (née Berkeley), Lady Byron

by John Faber Jr, after William Hogarth
mezzotint, 1736
NPG D1293

D890

Frances Byron (née Berkeley), Lady Byron

by John Faber Jr, after William Hogarth
mezzotint, 1736
NPG D890

D891

Frances Byron (née Berkeley), Lady Byron

by John Faber Jr, after William Hogarth
mezzotint, 1736
NPG D891

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