Framed William Hogarth original etching titled "The Sleeping Congregation" (1736, 1762). The clergyman myopically reads his text from a Bible ...
moreFramed William Hogarth original etching titled "The Sleeping Congregation" (1736, 1762). The clergyman myopically reads his text from a Bible propped up on pillows; and in both a young woman is a principal focus, Mrs. Copperfield with her hands crossed and her eyes demurely cast down, and Hogarth's wench with her hands similarly crossed and her eyes closed in sleep.
Thomas Cook edition – approximately 1804 – 8” x 11” plus margins. Good condition.
Hogarth was a trained engraver in the Rococo fashion and his art contained strong remnants of the Rococo style. Hogarth's work often focused on what was happening in 18th century London and the foibles, scandal and political events of the day.
William Hogarth will be remembered as the father of satirical caricatures and moral paintings, a genre which would later develop into cartoons. His determination and stout middle-class values made him one of the most innovative artists of his generation and he brought art to the common man for the first time in history.
Hogarth gained popularity for his morality paintings and the prints that were made from them though he also produced work in a variety of other genres including portraiture and biblical/historical pieces.The artist was heavily influenced by 18th century life, culture and his middle-class upbringing. He believed that art should have moral as well as aesthetic qualities and tried to bring this into all the work he produced. Having lived in debtors' lodging for five years as a very young boy, Hogarth had seen the harder side of life and brought a sense of gritty realism to all his paintings. What he believed to be the deterioration of British morals particularly concerned him and his satirical engravings illustrate his concerns for his fellow countrymen. As Hogarth became a prominent figure in the London art scene he was influenced by a number of things. These included politics, art, literature and the theatre. less
8.0ʺW × 2.0ʺD × 11.0ʺH
GoodModerate wear and tear, but still has good years left
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