The Easel

A Painter’s Progress

Hogarth is remembered for his satirical drawings. However, acclaimed new research shows that he was also “one of the finest painters the country [England] ever produced.” Will this enhance his modern reputation? Maybe, maybe not.  His drawings elevated visual satire to a level still appreciated today. Further, by creating suites of related scenes, he introduced a new genre of enduring popularity – cartoons.

Image: Tate