Introduction

William Hogarth (1697-1764) is arguably the greatest British artist of his time. Born in London to a family of limited means, Hogarth rose in social standing due to his own industriousness and artistic achievements as a printmaker, pictorial satirist, and painter. Hogarth also wrote about art and aesthetics. His treatise on beauty, in which he champions the importance of the curved line in design, figured prominently in the fields of fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture during the 1700s.

Image: Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse, c. 1758-64, engraving on cream wove paper, plate size 40.4 x 35.4 cm, Gift of Richard Ward Greene
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