William Hogarth

1697–1764

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Study of Female Nude and Hogarth’s ‘Line of Grace’’ c.1830–1
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Study of Female Nude and Hogarth’s ‘Line of Grace’ c.1830–1

William Hogarth FRSA (/ˈhɡɑːrθ/; 10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art.

His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects". Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".

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