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William Hogarth

(1697-1764), Painter and engraver

Sitter associated with 19 portraits
Artist associated with 128 portraits
Hogarth began painting in 1727, soon producing 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 concerned with the status of native artists, recommending that they seek inspiration from the infinite variety of contemporary human existence and advocating for the Englishness of English art. He wrote The Analysis of Beauty in 1753, which argued that shapes and colours in nature are geared towards 'entertaining the eye with the pleasure of variety.' His engravings were more highly esteemed in his time than his paintings.

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Thomas Coram, after William Hogarth - NPG 2427

Thomas Coram

after William Hogarth
pencil(?) and wash, feigned oval, based on a work of 1740
NPG 2427

William Jones, by William Hogarth - NPG 5734

William Jones

by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, 1740
On display in Room 9 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5734

William Hogarth, by William Hogarth - NPG 289

William Hogarth

by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, circa 1757-1758
On display in Room 9 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 289

Portrait of the Jeffreys family, after William Hogarth - NPG D36496

Portrait of the Jeffreys family

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

'The South Sea Scheme', by William Hogarth - NPG D21368

'The South Sea Scheme'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, circa 1721
NPG D21368

'The Lottery', by William Hogarth - NPG D21369

'The Lottery'

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, 1724
NPG D21369

Martin Folkes, by William Hogarth - NPG D13200

Martin Folkes

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

Sarah Malcolm; possibly W. Piddington, after William Hogarth - NPG D49477

Sarah Malcolm; possibly W. Piddington

after William Hogarth
engraving, 1733 or after
NPG D49477

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