You may remember that Tricia and I went to Chiswick House the other week. As we approached we went around the Hogarth roundabout and saw a sign for Hogarth's House.
I remarked "Oh I forgot that it was named after Hogarth"
Me spluttering "what do you mean who? How can you not have heard of Hogarth".
So who was William Hogarth? Well he lived November 10, 1697 – October 26, 1764 and was a painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist.
I believe his most famous works were the series of moralizing cartoons. The first of these was A Harlot's Progress (the story of a country girls life of prostitution) which first appeared as a series of 6 paintings (now alas lost) but published as a series of Engravings.
This was followed by a Rake's Progress (about the son of a rich merchant who ends his life at Bedlam) and Marriage A'la Mode (the miserable tragedy of an ill-considered marriage for money).
One of his later works Gin Lane is one I remember seeing at school. It's possible Henry Fielding, may have enlisted Hogarth to help with propaganda for a Gin Act. Gin Lane (and its companion piece Beer Steet) was issued shortly after Fielding's work An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers, and Related Writings and addressed the same issues.
If you click on one of the links above you'll see the full series with commentry but some individual entries.....
Beer Street and Gin Lane.