Hogarth: behind the portraits
William Hogarth (1697–1764)
self-portrait, 1745 [The Painter and his Pug]
© Tate, London, 2004
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.