Dating hogarth prints
By 1730 he established himself as a portrait painter.
Yet at the same time Hogarth began creating sets of anecdotal pictures which brilliantly satirized society and its activities.
His friend, David Garrick, wrote the verses appearing along the lower margin of this engraving.
In the foreground a French monk sharpens his executioner's axe.
Training first as an engraver, William Hogarth became an independent illustrator as early as 1720.
In his spare time he studied painting techniques, notably under Sir James Thornhill.
William Hogarth: The name of William Hogarth requires little in the way of an introduction.
(Plate One) was both designed and engraved by William Hogarth.Created at the beginning of the French and Indian War (also termed the Seven Year's War) an invasion from France seemed probable.William Hogarth thus used this pair of engravings ("France" Plate I & "England" Plate II), to boost public morale.Hogarth is best known for his series paintings of 'modern moral subjects', of which he sold engravings on subscription.The Collection contains the set called 'Marriage A-la-Mode'.
His engravings were so plagiarised that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists.