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Hogarth and Europe

Two people sitting and one standing in disordered home.

William Hogarth, Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête c. 1743. The National Gallery, London

Discover Hogarth and his European contemporaries' vivid vision of the changing 18th century

European society and culture changed dramatically in the mid-18th century. This was an age of opportunity and change, enlightenment and innovation, but also materialism, exploitation and injustice. In an affluent, cosmopolitan Europe, the seeds of modern empire, revolution and global war were being sown.

In Britain, William Hogarth became famous for paintings and prints that captured the new modern experience with energy, wit and humanity. But he was not alone. Across Europe, artists were creating vivid images of contemporary life and social commentary. The rich and the poor, the immoral and self-deluding, the selfish and the selfless, were made characters in pictorial stories that caught people’s imaginations and took art in novel directions.

For the first time, this exhibition will bring together Hogarth’s greatest works with those of his peers across the continent – including Pietro Longhi in Venice, Chardin in Paris and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam – to suggest the cross currents, parallels and sympathies that crossed borders.

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3 November 2021 – 20 March 2022

  • Currently booking until 28 February 2022
  • Advance booking is recommended
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  • This ticket includes access to the collection


£18 / Free with ticket for Members

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Supported by

Mala Gaonkar

With additional support from

The Hogarth and Europe Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Tavolozza Foundation

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

and Tate Patrons

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