What is the course about?
William Hogarth is best known for his series of paintings of 'modern moral subjects', of which he sold engravings on subscription. In works such as 'Marriage A-la-Mode', a -series of six pictures that satirize upper class 18th century society while warning of the disastrous results of marrying for money.
Hogarth used humour as a means to lampoon the more pretentious aspects of his own society while making a plea for better behaviours. Les well known are his history paintings, his aesthetic theories published in 1753 as the ‘Analysis of Beauty', his work for charity and his portraiture. In this one-day course we look at all these aspects of Hogarth’s career and look at how his work reflects the society of eighteenth-century London in which he lived and worked.
What will we cover?
- Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subjects’
- Hogarth’s portraits and ‘conversation pieces’
- Hogarth as a reflection of eighteenth-century London
- Hogarth’s contemporary and posthumous reputation and his legacy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List three of Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subject’ series
- Give three examples of how Hogarth’s work reflects the society in which he lived
- Compare and contrast Hogarth portraits with those of his contemporaries such as Sir Joshua Reynolds.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details