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History of Art Department
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William Hogarth's gritty, irreverent and frequently humorous satirical engravings, many of which depict London and its denizens, have irrevocably shaped the popular conception of England's capital city in the eighteenth century. Born to a destitute Latin teacher and his wife in Bartholomew Close in 1697, Hogarth experienced a meteoric rise in society, going from a humble apprentice, to a flourishing independent engraver, to the most celebrated English painter and printmaker of his day. This social mobility, combined with a life-long fixation on the behaviour, interests, and appearances of his contemporaries, make Hogarth one of the most penetrating and discriminating social critics of the period. However, the artist's attitudes towards his subjects are never completely transparent. Hogarth's copiously detailed and often ambiguous satires continue to spark debate over two-hundred years after their creation.

The following virtual exhibition, containing three dozen images by Hogarth and other graphic satirists of his time, is the first of its kind to be launched by University of York's History of Art Department. Satire and the City: William Hogarth and Eighteenth-Century London has been curated by the students of Professor Mark Hallett's second year course of the same name. The students formed small groups, which independently curated the six thematic galleries that can be found on this website. Each student was responsible for one image, for which they wrote descriptive and analytical captions, inspired by the animated discussions that have taken place in their weekly seminars over the course of the autumn term, 2011. Our hope is that this exhibition will provide both fellow students of history of art and the interested public with a concise, informative, and entertaining introduction to the satirical work of Hogarth and his contemporaries, and that it will be the first of many student-curated virtual exhibitions and other creative web-based endeavours to be hosted by the University of York's History of Art Department.

- Caitlin Blackwell, PhD candidate, Supervising Curator, Satire and the City

 

To explore this exhibition please click on 'Satire and the City' on the navigation bar and select a gallery to browse.

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