San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Rakes and Harlots. Gin Lane and Beer Street. Elections, prisons, madhouses, brothels. What the Romantics saw in Hogarth was not merely an artist who could raise a smile, but a Shakespearean genius who captured the true spirit of eighteenth-century London. They saw an artist whose every detail was significant and whose every character seemed to have a history. ‘Other pictures we look at’, Charles Lamb wrote, ‘his we read’. Hogarth is one of English art’s greatest talents and a fascinating window on the eighteenth century, but he is also - as Coleridge, Lamb and Hazlitt recognised - a figure who stretched graphic art to its limits. Come and explore the greatest works of this very English genius.
A drinks reception follows in the Roberts Foyer G02.