William Hogarth, the Cockney's Mirror

William Hogarth, the Cockney's Mirror

William Hogarth, the Cockney's Mirror

William Hogarth, the Cockney's Mirror

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This volume is the result of years of study and of the author's admiration for the genius of William Hogarth; it is offered as a tribute to one of the greatest of English painters, in the hope that it may prove of some interest both to those who are well acquainted with this artist and his period and to those to whom nothing but his name and a few of his more famous works are familiar; if much attention is given to the background of the subject, it is because it is felt that a full understanding and appreciation of this artist's work cannot be arrived at without a fair knowledge of eighteenth- century London.

This study, for the sake of clarity and a continuous narrative, is divided into four parts; the first gives the background of William Hogarth's life and pictures, the second recounts his career and character an his attitude to his own genius, the third gives the stories, actors (real or imagined) of the principal pictures and prints, and the fourth describes and analyses the work from the point of view of æsthetics.

No attempt at a complete bibliography of the subject, nor a complete catalogue of William Hogarth's works, can be made in a work of this pretension; a short list of the principal authorities for the life is given and a short list of the more important paintings an engravings.

In the édition de luxe of William Hogarth by Austin Dobson, with a preface by Sir Walter Armstrong, London, 1902, is an exhaustive bibliography, together with two catalogues, one of paintings and one of prints, the whole comprising 128 pages; to this the reader in search of further information is referred.

Minute descriptions of all William Hogarth's satirical prints are to be found in : Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in British Museum, Division I. Political and Personal Satires, Vol. II, 1873 -- Vol. III

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