Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Hogarth and the Shows of London
  • Hogarth and the Shows of London
  • 01-Feb-1997 - 30-Mar-1997
  • White Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Considered by his contemporaries as the greatest printmaker in England, William Hogarth (1696-1764) is famous for his satires on London life and manners. In addition to his social commentary, he was responsible for raising the technical standards of English printmaking and creating a market for prints where before none existed. He also prompted the passage of copyright laws for artists. Understandably, his works continue to be studied and enjoyed by a broad audience. The present exhibition looks at Hogarth's prints from a new perspective, namely, their intimate connection to the public shows of his time, those performances witnessed by Londoners which ranged form Shakespeare to the puppet theater, Italian opera to autopsies. Hogarth's criticism of and borrowing from these spectacles allow us to understand better the artistic, literary, and theatrical facets of English life at the turn of the century. Organized by the Elvehjem Museum of Art.