PREVIEW: Hogarth: Place and Progress, Sir John Soane’s Museum

The museum will explore William Hogarth’s views on morality, the society and the city.

William Hogarth (1697-1764), The Rake’s Progress III: The Orgy, Oil on canvas, 1734
, © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

On display from the 9th October, Sir John Soane’s Museum will reunite William Hogarth’s surviving painted series to explore how the artist was able to see through social conventions to reveal the immorality and vice that he saw in all classes of society.

As well as featuring the museum’s own Rake’s Progress and An Election, the display will also feature Marriage A-la-Mode from the National Gallery, the Four Times of Day from the National Trust and a private collection, as well as the three surviving paintings of The Happy Marriage from Tate and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The exhibition will also include engraved series lent by Andrew Edmunds prints such as The Four Stages of Cruelty, Industry and Idleness and Gin Lane and Beer Street.

The aim of the exhibition is to highlight just how Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subjects’ married the idea of progress with the moral geography of London, in a dynamic and evolving way throughout his own progress as an artist.

Hogarth: Place and Progress will be on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum from the 9th October until the 5th January 2020.

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