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Hogarth: behind the portraits

William Hogarth (1697–1764)

The works of William Hogarth, currently the subject of Tate Britain's 'Hogarth' exhibition, provide an exceptional record of life in Hanoverian England. To complement this major exhibition, we present the biographies of some of his sitters, associates, and well-known figures from the period. Read the lives behind the portraits for a glimpse of Hogarth's world—from charity and politeness to corruption and vice.

Hogarth's sitters

Hogarth's circle

Hogarth's world