William Hogarth
Tate Britain: Exhibition
29 June 195129 July 1951
William Hogarth, 'A Scene from 'The Beggar's Opera' VI' 1731

William Hogarth
A Scene from 'The Beggar's Opera' VI 1731
Oil on canvas
support: 572 x 762 mm frame: 820 x 900 x 90 mm
Purchased 1909

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Hogarth is not only the first great native English easel-painter; his pictures epitomize perhaps more than any other the British character. We may possibly have lost some of the robustness and assurance of this typical eighteenth-century Englishman, but we can still find in him a reflection of many of our own tastes and prejudices.

Hogarth’s genius gives us a wider insight into the life and manners of eighteenth-century England than any other painter of the period.