Hogarth, William

PAINTER, GRAPHICAL ARTIST (ENGLAND)
BORN 10 Dec 1697, London - DIED 26 Oct 1764, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: St. Nicholas' Churchyard, Church Street, Chiswick

William Hogarth was born in London and studied at St. Martin's Lane Academy. In 1729, around the time he started to make himself a name as painter, he married the daughter of decorator Thornhill. He paid visits to Paris in 1743 and 1748 and was influenced by the French Rococo. The French themselves he disliked and he once got arrested for spying when he was drawing the defenses at Calais.

Many themes from contemporary literature can be found in Hogarth's work and he is mainly remembered for the engravings of moral subjects.

Hogarth was buried at St. Nicholas' Church, Chiswick, London. This place is not far from Hogarth House, now a museum dedicated to him.

Work: "The Beggar's Opera" (several versions, one of them in the Tate Gallery, London); "The Harlot's Progress"; "The Rake's Progress" (1735, Soane Museum, London).

Related persons
• influenced Egg, Augustus Leopold

Sources
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
• Murray, Peter & Linda Murray, The Penguin Dictionary of Arts & Artists, Fourth Edition, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1981

Images

William Hogarth's tomb at St. Nicholas' Churchyard, Chiswick Mall, Chiswick, London.
 


Höhn, Carola

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 10 Oct 2004