Biography for William Hogarth
Hogarth trained as an engraver in the Rococo tradition and began his career by making a living from book illustration. He studied painting in his free time at the St Martin's Lane Academy and later under Sir James Thornhill.
By 1730 Hogarth had made a name for himself through his portrait paintings but was also beginning to develop a new type of painting which used a series or sequence of pictures to tell a story, usually one that commented on social conditions or satirized aristocratic society. Series included 'A Harlot's Progress' (c. 1731), 'A Rake's Progress' (c. 1735), and 'Marriage à la Mode' (c. 1743). Engravings were then made from the original oil paintings and became famous from their great popularity with the public.
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