William Hogarth and Georgian London with Hattie Bennett

William Hogarth and Georgian London with Hattie Bennett


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William Hogarth has been described as Britain's first home-grown artist. A man of immense artistic talent and a consummate story-teller, Hogarth's dislike of imported art created a very English aesthetic in the portrayal of contemporary subjects, often with wit and biting satire. This conversation will introduce participants to his life, his works, and his impact in Britain both at the time and today. We will discuss paintings and prints located in London museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, Tate Britain, and John Soane's Museum.

A childhood spent teetering on total disaster provided Hogarth with the desire to succeed, first as an apprentice silver engraver and then as a successful portrait painter. Hogarth and his pug "Trump" were well-known characters in the busy and bawdy London streets which are the focus of many of his Modern Moral Subjects, engravings of paintings of luckless characters (a country girl, an heir to a fortune, a couple forced into an arranged marriage) who are easily persuaded to make terrible decisions with dire consequences. A lifelong Londoner Hogarth's paintings rarely leave the city and capture the atmosphere and geography of the teeming city with glimpses of St Paul's Cathedral, infamous taverns, and Old London Bridge. Hattie looks forward to exploring these artworks together with her listeners.

Led by an expert on Art history, Hattie Bennett, this interactive seminar will focus on paintings and prints by William Hogarth. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the artist, print culture in the 18th century, and Georgian London.

Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th-century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.