William Hogarth
The Strode Family c.1738

Artwork details

William Hogarth 1697–1764
The Strode Family
Date c.1738
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 1126 x 1175 x 98 mm
support: 870 x 915 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Rev. William Finch 1880
Not on display

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Hogarth's early success as a painter was based on his exceptionally lively small-scale 'conversation pieces', or informal group portraits, which became fashionable in the 1730s. They reflected the move away from the solemn formality of the previous generation and attempted to show the sitters in easy, natural poses, in a domestic setting, engaged in everyday activities like conversation or drinking tea. The main subject here is the wealthy city magnate William Strode, seated at table with his new wife Lady Anne Cecil, his relative Col. Strode, and his tutor Dr Arthur Smyth, later Archbishop of Dublin. The paintings on the wall are reminders of their recent tour of Italy. On the floor is the tea caddy.

August 2004