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William Hogarth - a Harlot, a Rake and a Marriage Hilary Williams Wednesday 19 September 2018

Hilary was formerly Print Room Superintendent at the British Museum and is now the Art History Education Officer. She lectures for the British Museum, London Borough of Bexley and the Wallace Collection. She is also Liaison officer at the British Museum with The Arts Society. As well as being Founding Artistic Director of The Arts Society of North Kent Evening she guides Special Interest Private Tours of State Apartments at Buckingham Palace.

Hilary's lecture will be about Hogarth, born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland. After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs in about 1710. He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was 'The Harlot's Progress' (1731), and perhaps the most famous 'The Rake's Progress'. In 1743 he painted the series famously entitled 'Marriage A-la-Mode'  His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.