From Bartholomew Close to Gin Lane – a profile of William Hogarth
William Hogarth is now best known as a printmaker and satirist, yet he was also a successful history and portrait painter. Born in the vicinity of the hospital at Bartholomew Close, he rose from humble beginnings to be one of the most significant British artists of all time.
Jackie Riding specialises in British history and art of the eighteenth century. Former curator of the Palace of Westminster and Director of the Handel House Museum, she is the award-winning author of several books as well as a consultant for museums, galleries, historic buildings and feature films.
Her major book on William Hogarth, Hogarth: Life in Progress (Profile Books) is the first biography of the artist for over twenty years and will be published on 29 April 2021.