William Hogarth (1697-1764) was a British painter and engraver, who produced portraits and moralizing genre scenes, such as the series A Rake's Progress in 1735.
Hogarth was born in London and apprenticed to an engraver. He published A Harlot's Progress (1732), a series of six engravings, in 1732. Other series followed, including Marriage a la Mode (1745), Industry and Idleness (1749), and The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751).
His portraits are remarkably direct and characterful. In the book The Analysis of Beau 1753 he proposed a double curved line as a key to successful composition.
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William Hogarth was an English painter, printmaker and social critic.