William James Müller Dredging on the Medway date not known

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Dredging on the Medway
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 1840 mm
Acquisition Presented by Holbrook Gaskell 1896
Not on display

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The ability to convey character in paint was prized by 18th-century collectors, and Hogarth appears to have used this picture to advertise his skill. It hung in his studio, where it would have served to demonstrate his talent at portraiture. This interest in the portrayal of temperament also reflected a taste for 17th-century Dutch genre pictures and the depiction of social types. Hogarth’s attention to facial features demonstrates his engagement with conventional ideas of physiognomy, which had been in circulation since the Middle Ages.

March 2011

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