[“Sir John Soane’s Museum [London] will announce this week that it is to stage Hogarth: Place and Progress, an exhibition of 50 or so works in which Hogarth observed the morals of contemporary life, conveying the comedy and tragedy of all human frailty.”]
“[Hogarth] was a social critic but he wasn’t against the establishment or in any way politically radical,” [David Bindman, Hogarth scholar] said. “The paintings are often seen as an attack on pretension and the aristocracy. It’s not actually the case. He had a lot of friends who were aristocrats. He simply picked up on contemporary literary ideas that the aristocracy and the merchant class had a number of people who didn’t live up to their ideals.”
Dalya Alberge, “Gin, syphilis, lunacy: Hogarth’s grotesques united in new show,” The Guardian, 3-2-19)
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