The Art of William Hogarth

Hogarth’s ‘modern moral subjects’ — popularized in his own widely distributed prints — are his best known works. Among Hogarth’s greatest commercial successes were moralizing prints that charted the lives of characters whose rise or fall was the product of their own doing. Hogarth also used his art to confront pressing social issues and politically loaded topics, often in a darkly humorous manner.

Image: Gin Lane, 1750-51, etching and engraving on cream wove paper, plate size 38.9 x 32.3 cm, Gift of Richard Ward Greene, 1913.95.95

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