The most comprehensive exhibition "in living memory" of Hogarth’s works is coming to the Tate Britain on 7 February. From the catalogue:
"The exhibition demonstrates that Hogarth wasn’t only a brilliant satirist as it showcases every aspect of his multi-faceted career: his remarkable paintings, ranging from elegant conversation pieces to salacious brothel scenes; his vibrant drawings and sketches; and the numerous engraved works for which he is most famous today, including Gin Lane and Beer Street . His society portraits easily rival those of Gainsborough or Reynolds, and the variety and energy of his output is outstanding.
No other artist’s work has come to define a period of British history as powerfully and enduringly as Hogarth’s. The exhibition explores an artist who was strikingly modern in character, confronting subjects and themes – the city, sexuality, manners, social integration, crime, political corruption, charity and patriotism– that continue to preoccupy us today. The exhibition makes the case that Hogarth was in fact Britain’s first truly modern artist, and shows the relevance of his work to British art now."
The exhibition runs to 9 April and then moves to Madrid.
A book called Hogarth, France and British Art by Robin Simon (editor and publisher of the British Art Journal) has just been published, in time to coincide with the show. The book claims to be a radical reappraisal of Hogarth’s art and achievements, including more than 300 colour and black-and-white illustrations.