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Hogarth: behind the portraits

William Hogarth (1697–1764)

The paintings of William Hogarth provide an exceptional record of life in Hanoverian England. Here - alongside the Oxford DNB’s biography of the artist - are the life stories of some of the Hogarth’s sitters and associates. 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