“James Gillray’s Hogarthian Progresses”
Exhibition on view April 6 – September 16
The Lewis Walpole Library
154 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032
Sequential narration in satiric prints is most famously associated with the “modern moral subjects” of William Hogarth (1697–1764): Harlot’s Progress (1732), A Rake’s Progress (1735), Marriage A-la-Mode (1745), and Industry and Idleness (1747) among others. Less well-known is the broad spectrum of legacy “progresses” produced by subsequent generations drawing both on Hogarth’s narrative strategies and his iconic motifs. James Gillray (1756–1815), celebrated for his innovative single-plate satires, was also among the most accomplished printmakers to adopt Hogarthian sequential narration even as he transformed it according to his unique vision. This exhibition presents a number of Gillray’s Hogarthian progresses alongside some selected prints by Hogarth himself.
Curated by Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, The Lewis Walpole Library.
Exhibition open Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm, and by appointment