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WILLIAM HOGARTH - The Art of Satire
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with with cartoonist Martin Rowson

Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join us for the first of Westminster Arts Reference Library's Performing Arts Salons. In addition to the talk and a Q+A, each event will include a spotlight on a special item from the Library's collection.

WILLIAM HOGARTH is recognised today as the grandfather of the political cartoon, the first practitioner to elevate visual satire to the level of art.

Working as an engraver and painter Hogarth specialised in portraying the city of London and its inhabitants: the poor, the rich, the pretentious, the fashionable and the ludicrous. One of his most famous prints, Gin Lane, depicts a contemporary news story about a woman who had murdered her infant daughter in order to sell her clothes to buy gin. It exposes some of the worst facets of early Georgian London and established Hogarth as the capital's first urban artist.

The publication of The Harlot’s Progress brought Hogarth lasting fame and wealth. He was appointed Sergeant painter to the King and, amongst many other achievements including his support for the Foundling Hospital, was responsible for pushing the first Copyright Act through Parliament.

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Martin Rowson
MARTIN ROWSON is a multi-awardwinning cartoonist, illustrator, writer, graphic novelist, broadcaster, ranter and poet. His work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, The Morning Star, The Spectator & many other publications. In 2001 Rowson was appointed Ken Livingstone's "Cartoonist Laureate" for London, in exchange for 1 pint of London Pride bitter per annum.

Rowson has also authored, illustrated or contributed in one way or another to 60 books, most notably Scenes From The Lives of the Great Socialists (1983), Lower Than Vermin: An Anatomy of Thatcher’s Britain (1986), The Nodland Express (with Anna Clarke, 1994), Fuck: The Human Odyssey (2007), The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to be Human (2008), four volumes of The Limerickiad (2011-2016) and Pastrami Faced Racist & Other Verse (2018).


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