by William Hogarth
oil on canvas, circa 1757-1758
17 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (451 mm x 425 mm)
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 1757back to top
Current affairsAdmiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch in Portsmouth harbour for failing to prevent the loss of Minorca to the French.
William Pitt the Elder resigns from government after his failure to achieve success in the Seven Years War. He is recalled to government in June in coalition with former Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.
Art and scienceDesigner Robert Adam returns to London after two years in Rome with a repertoire of classical themes which will form the basis of a new British neo-classicism.
Edmund Burke publishes his seminal work A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful.
Philosopher David Hume publishes The Natural History of Religion.
Artist William Blake is born in Soho, London.
InternationalSeven Years War: Victory for British ally, Frederick the Great, at Rossbach and Leuthen. Defeats for the British in India and Canada followed by British victory at the Battle of Plassey, led by Robert Clive, which secures British control of Bengal. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah and replace him with his uncle the pro-British Mir Jafar.
Italian pastellist Rosalba Carriera dies in Venice.
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