by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, 1758
17 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (451 mm x 425 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Sitter associated with 19 portraits, Artist associated with 128 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 128 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This modest self-portrait shows Hogarth painting Thalia, the Muse of Comedy. X-ray analysis reveals that the picture originally contained an image of his dog relieving himself against a pile of Old Master paintings. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 44
- Audio Guide
- Bond; Anthony; Woodall, Joanna, Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary, 2005 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October - 29 January 2006), p. 130
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 52
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 16
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 61
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 52
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 144
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 58
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 31
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 96
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 96
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 307
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 106
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 7
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary (20 October 2005 - 29 January 2006)
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Events of 1758back to top
Current affairsComet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.
Art and scienceLiverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter.
James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson.
InternationalSeven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.
See this portrait
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery