William Hogarth (1697-1764) was one of the great eighteenth-century painters, a marvelous colorist, and an innovator at all levels of artistic expression. In this updated volume, art historian and Hogarth scholar David Bindman surveys the works of this artist whose wry humor and sharp wit was reflected in his prolific paintings and prints, including The Rake’s Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode. Hogarth was also a master of pictorial satire, highlighting the moral and political issues of the day with delightful detail and comedy—themes that resonate deeply with our times. This new edition has been specially updated to include a discussion of Hogarth’s representation of Black people in eighteenth-century Britain, a subject that has long been overlooked in his many works.
Now revised with additional material and illustrated in color throughout, this is a vivid and incisive study of the artist.
David Bindman is an emeritus professor of the history of art at University College London. He is currently a fellow of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, and he was a visiting professor of history of art at Harvard, 2011-2017. His publications include Blake as an Artist, Hogarth and His Times: Serious Comedy, Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race in the 18th Century. Since 2006, he has been the editor with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of the Image of the Black in Western Art series, in twelve volumes so far.