HOGARTH, William
(b. 1697, London, d. 1764, London)

A Scene from the Beggar's Opera

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.

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