William Hogarth

November 10, 1697 - October 26, 1764 

 

By: Meri Liv Gray 

Honors Art History Class 

18th or 19th Century Artist Booklet

   William Hogarth was born on November 10, 1697 in Smithfield, England. His childhood consisted of him first starting at a private drawing school. His father, Richard Hogarth, moved into the buisness of a Latin-Speaking Coffeehouse. It bankrupted the family and sent his father to debtor's prison. This left William on his own, He started a silver workshop of his own seven years later. He was a master of engraving and opened his own plate-engraving shop where he lived in London, England. His mother was Anne Gibbons, and his wife was Jane Thornhill. William started painting because growing up in the eightenth century had lots of influences, including his father. He started painting when he was in the private school when he was younger. He made the silver engraving besides just the paintings. 

William Hogarth 

   Hogarth's style of work was satirical caricatures and moral paintings. An example of a given moment  in the eightenth century is the Rococo Period where art focused on the London social scene, politics, literature and theater. He was influenced by his father's classical education. He used to visit an artistic neighbor and sketched there reguarly. He was influenced by the Puritan Religous Beliefs and was an apprentice of Ellis Gamble and the Flemish artists, David Teniers and Ryckaert. He influenced John Collier who produced satires, poems and etchings similar to Hogarth.The piece of art called The Awakening Conscience by William Holeman Hunt  told a moral message like Hogarth's often did.  The eighteenth century Rococo Artistic movement reflected many aspects of the arts including painting, sculpture, literature, music and theatre among others. 

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode: 1, The Marriage Settlement. Date-1743.  It can be found in room thirty-five in the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #1

 

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tete a Tete. Date- 1743. It can be found in room thirty-five in the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #2

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode: 3, The Inspection. Date- 1743. It can be found in room thirty-five in the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #3

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode: 4, The Toilette. Date- 1743. This can be found in room thirty five of the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #4

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode:5, The Bagnio. Date- 1743. It can be found in room thirty-five in the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #5

Title- Marriage A-la-Mode: , The Lady's Death. Date- 1743. It can be found in room thirty-five in the National Gallery in London. 

Painting #6

   I liked this painting because of the way it draws you in and reading the descripition about it. This painting is the first of the engravings. It takes place in Earl Squander's mansion where a marriage is being arranged. The story ends with the murder of the son and the suicide of the daughter. In this painting, I see chaos and stress. Greens, reds, blacks and golds dominate the painting. It shows movement  of the painting and the sculpture shows the artistic expression put into it. The things that appeal to me are the different color combinations, the different emotions and the details. It moves me because you can tell in the people's faces the emotions they are feeling, so I can feel them too. This painting reminds me of something in "Romeo and Juliet" ... the people's expressions reminds me of what the people looked like in "Romeo and Juliet". 

First painting that I liked... Painting #1

   I liked this painting because of the name "The Inspection". It sounded interesting and "mysterious". The painting takes place in the room of a French doctor. The man who is seated is sick and taking mercurial pills  was the only way to treat his sickness. He's holding a box of pills. An older lady holds a knife and appears to be the young girl's mother. In this painting, I see "judgement" being made by the expressions on their faces. The colors that are dominate are browns, greens, golds, more nuterel colors. It exemplifies the movement by the painting and sculpture. The details and different emotions going on really caught my eye. It moves me because of the details on the people's faces. I can tell how they're feeling. This painting makes me think of the bubonic plague, because the person has a black mark on their face all the other people are fascinated by it. 

Second painting that I liked .... Painting #3

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