William Hogarth

English
William Hogarth Sarah Malcolm (died 1733) 1733

Biography

Born 1697
Died 1764
Nationality English
Birth place London
Death place London

Hogarth was one of the most influential artists of the eighteenth century. He is credited with being the first artist in Europe to create art that represented and expressed a national identity. Born in London, Hogarth was apprenticed to a silver engraver for seven years, moving on to creating his own satirical prints. His series of prints such as A Rake's Progress (1733-1735) had widespread appeal, particularly for the growing ranks of the middle-classes. A skilled draughtsman, Hogarth also painted historical and modern moral subjects.