Tagged with Hogarth

Hogarth’s Pub Sign

Hogarth’s Pub Sign

William Hogarth was one of the most famous painters of the early to mid 18th century in England but he began as a painter of pub signs, for the many travellers who could not read. This is his most famous image, a man burdened with mischief, ie carrying not just a monkey on his back, … Continue reading

Inn Signs

Inn Signs

In the wake of the closure of the monasteries, patronage of the arts virtually died out, so painting pub & inn signs was the main employment & source of training for artists, such as Hogarth’s the man with the load of mischief, above. This is again from English Inns by Thomas Burke: ‘In their very … Continue reading

The Art of Caricature

The Art of Caricature

England in the mid to  late Eighteenth century is known to many of us through the many cartoons of the age, from Hogarth with his satires on drinking and marriage, to the politics of Cruickshank and Rowlandson, but I have just discovered another and am amazed I have never heard of him before. His name is … Continue reading

An Englishman’s Favourite Tipple

The 18th century in England was an age notorious for the consumption – often to excess – of alcohol, in part due to the lack of clean drinking water. Hogarth famously illustrated the social problems of gin, and rum was a common drink on board ships, especially once they had figured out how to distil … Continue reading

The Cockpit at St James

The Cockpit at St James

The Palace of Whitehall had its cockpit, …there was a second cockpit, also called The Royal, within 3 or 4 hundred yards off, in Birdcage Walk, facing the Park. It stood at the junction of Queen Square with Park Street, just at the top of Dartmouth St, and was ornamented with a cupola. It was … Continue reading

Adults Not Welcome

Adults Not Welcome

This is a sign at the entrance to Coram Fields Playground in Bloomsbury, London. It is the site of the Foundling Hospital, funded by Captain Coram and was an extraordinary charity that was supported by Handel and Hogarth who also used the charity as a means of promoting their own work, so was similar to … Continue reading

St John’s Museum, London

St John’s Museum, London

St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London,  is home to the museum of the Order of St John, an order funded in the 11th century for providing medical care for the poor, as well as being a fighting order. They were active in the Holy Land and on their fortresses of Rhodes and Malta, so have played … Continue reading