Day School: 18th Century Society - Hogarth and his Contemporaries

Ref: C3741348

In the 18th century, many artists concentrated on portraiture because this was what their clients wanted, particularly those from the new 'middling sort' of rising industrialists and professional people. However, the aim of Hogarth and some of his contemporaries was also to satirise fads and fashions, but more seriously to provide a moral commentary to draw the attention of a wider public to the evils of the society as they saw them. This was played out by Hogarth in a number of series of paintings and prints such as The Harlot's Progress, The Rake's Progress, Marriage A-la-Mode and the Election Series. Even the Royal Family did not escape satire through the prints of artists such as Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To examine the art of William Hogarth and his contemporaries, with particular reference to their commentaries on the mores of the society of their time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Advance my knowledge of 18th century art and society
  • Track the careers and reputations of William Hogarth and his contemporaries
  • Appreciate the difference between satire, humour and the seeking of moral improvement

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: 18th Century Society - Hogarth and his Contemporaries Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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