In a dramatically changing 18th century Europe, William Hogarth became famous for his vibrant, often sharply satirical, paintings and prints that wittily captured the new modern experience. His art gives a unique and engaging glimpse of the time - its opportunities and innovation, materialism, exploitation and injustices, which continue to resonate today.
But he was not alone. Across Europe, fellow artists were also creating their own vivid images of contemporary life and took on new roles as social commentators. From the rich and poor, the immoral and self-deluding, to the selfish and selfless – all were made characters in pictorial stories that caught people’s imagination and took art in novel directions.
For the first time, this show will bring these works together in one setting. Now you can explore over 60 of Hogarth’s extraordinary works in a new light, alongside images by his international peers – including Pietro Longhi in Venice, Jean-Siméon Chardin in Paris and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam. Academics, historians and practicing artists are among those who offer a range of perspectives and commentary throughout the exhibition. They suggest new ways of looking at these artworks, enriching our understanding of Hogarth’s incredible body of work.
See the exhibition then head to the Djanogly Café for a light lunch.
We've paired some of our new seasons dishes to our Hogarth inspired ale. Enjoy the balanced harmony of flavours of the roast butternut, red onion and leek tart or Wookey Hole cave aged Cheddar and this special brew.
- £30 per person which includes a ticket to the exhibition
- £12 for Members
Choose the 11.30 or 11.45 entry time to book
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The Duveens Commission – RUPTURE NO.1: blowtorching the bitten peach is an immersive installation which includes sudden loud noises. Quiet hours will be available on select dates for those who require a quieter visit. During this time the sounds for the Duveens commission will be turned off.
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