Contemporary artists respond to great work by early Coram governor, William Hogarth

Contemporary artists respond to great work by early Coram governor, William Hogarth

A new exhibition at the Foundling Museum brings together three great contemporary responses to Hogarth’s famous work, A Rake’s Progress

Hogarth was one of the original Governors of the Foundling Hospital (Coram) and encouraged other leading artists of his day to donate works to support its charitable work as a home for abandoned children.  

The exhibition, Progress, marks the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, and for the first time brings together David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, 1961-3, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy, 1998, and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary, they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue.

They are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation.

Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth and urban living this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.

The Foundling Museum tells Coram’s rich history from its beginnings in 1739 as the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children, to the present day.

Entry to the exhibition is free with museum admission (£7.50/£5 concession).


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William Hogarth and the Foundling Hospital  Coram's heritage as the UK's first children's charity

Date Friday 6th June 2014, 16:00 - Sunday 7th September 2014, 16:00
Location Foundling Museum, London
Contact +44 (0)20 7841 3600,
Address 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
Nearest Tube Russell Square