Birth of William Hogarth
The artist was born in London on November 10th, 1697.
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.