Hogarth's London: 1697-1764
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLW98
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
Described as ‘filthy and fun’, Hogarth was our first urban artist and political satirist. Using his paintings and prints we will explore the high and mainly low-life of Georgian London.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Each week we will examine paintings or engravings that illustrate an aspect of urban life and set them in context. Topics will include: the gin craze; prostitution; health, marriage, employment, religion and theatre-going.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe and analyse the composition of A Rake’s Progress
• Explain the rise and decline of the gin trade
• Identify red light districts of London as illustrated in Hogarth’s prints
• Assess how far Hogarth’s work reflects the realities of life in Georgian London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available to aid discussion. There will be a visit to the Sir John Soame Museum or the National Gallery (depending on availability). You are encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You do not need to purchase materials other than those for note-taking. The Sir John Soame Museum is less than 10 minutes’ walk from City Lit. The National Gallery is also within walking distance. Entrance to both is free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you wish to develop your appreciation of London history you might consider enrolling on the cycle of London courses beginning in the Autumn with Roman London.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: https://queenshipinpreconquestengland.wordpress.com/ Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.