Hogarth’s London: Satire and the Street

Christine Riding looks at William Hogarth’s particular view of the street life of 18th-century London, and at what his interpretation presents in comparison with the artistic offerings of his Continental competitors.

The paintings of Four Times of the Day (clockwise from top left: Morning, Noon, Night, and Evening)Hogarth’s ambition was to present himself, an English artist and a Londoner, as the visual interpreter of contemporary urban life. Given the dominance of his vision today, he clearly succeeded.

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