(b. 1697, London, d. 1764, London)
A Scene from the Beggar's Opera1728-29
Oil on canvas, 51 x 61
National Gallery of Art, Washington
The Scene from the Beggar's Opera was among the first of Hogarth's topical pictures in a career that had begun with portraits and conversation pieces. Later he moved from the contemporary theatrical life to complete series of pictures of his own devising in subject: The Rake's Progress and Marriage à la Mode.