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William Hogarth
Painter and printmaker
(London, England, 1697 - 1764, London, England)

ULAN note: Hogarth is best known for his satirical engravings. He was an important figure in the establishment of an English school of painting, both through the quality of his own work and through campaigns to improve the status of the artist in England. By publishing engravings after his own paintings, he showed other artists that they could be independent of wealthy patrons.

Curatorial Department Note: William Hogarth was born in London to a schoolmaster and writer. He apprenticed to a goldsmith and began producing his own engraved designs in about 1710. He then took up oil painting, creating small portraits of groups. Afterward, he began producing the series of satirical paintings of contemporary moral subjects for which he is best known. Hogarth sold engravings of his series through subscription and to his dismay, he was known more for his prints than his paintings. Hogarth is a foundational artist of the eighteenth century as well as in the history of printmaking. His paintings and prints inspired a new generation of satirical artists. Hogarth’s artworks can be found in major European and American museums including the Tate Britain, the British Museum, the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Sir John Soane’s Museum, among countless others.

Some information from Getty's Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN)

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