Throughout Hogarth's work we are presented with urban interiors and exteriors. He creates a pictorial maze of London, presenting us with not only activities taking place on the streets, but also those taking place behind closed doors. This gallery explores the different interiors in a selection of five of Hogarth's prints. The eighteenth century was a period of rapid growth for London, which saw a huge increase in population and continuing repairs after the destruction of the Great Fire of 1666. Rapid urban expansion resulted in an amalgamation of architectural styles and building-types within the city. Throughout Hogarth's work, we are lead through a variety of contrasting interior settings, from the dwelling of a Drury Lane prostitute, to an urban church. A process of amalgamation was also taking place within London's class system. In the eighteenth century, there was increasing opportunity for social mobility, for the merchant to elevate his status with the fortune gained through his trade. Hogarth depicts the mingling of and tension between different classes, and satirises figures from various trades and backgrounds. This gallery presents some of Hogarth's contrasting interiors and the conflicting characters within them, highlighting the multiple faces of eighteenth-century London.

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Marriage a la mode
Marriage a la mode
Industry and Idleness
A Harlots Progress
Distressed Poet
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1 .Bernard Baron after William Hogarth, Marriage a-la Mode, Plate II ("The Tête à Tête"), engraving (1745)

2. Simon François Ravenet, Marriage a-la Mode, Plate IV ("The Toilette"), engraving (1745), © Trustees of the British Museum
3.William Hogarth, Industry and Idleness, Plate II ("The Industrious 'Prentice performing the Duty of a Christian"), engraving (1747)
4.William Hogarth, A Harlot's Progress, Plate III, engraving (1732)
5. William Hogarth, Distressed Poet, engraving (1737)