Birth of William Hogarth

The artist was born in London on November 10th, 1697.

William Hogarth, Painter and his Pug, 1745

Satire often ages badly. A great book though it is, who today reads and fully understands Gulliver’s Travels without a full set of footnotes and an in-depth knowledge of the shenanigans of Queen Anne’s court? With William Hogarth, the case is very different. As a visual artist, his work, and its scathing social commentary, is as fresh today as ever.

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