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William Hogarth

The Site for Research on William Hogarth

Source Literature, Part V:

Special Search Tools, Image Galleries, and some Links to other Hogarth Sites

Click on the area you are interested in your research on William Hogarth's paintings and prints:


Search result: "Hogarth"

Current publications on Hogarth. Compiled, edited, and made webready by Kevin Berland. Lists the result from the Eighteenth-Century Resources search engine by Jack Lynch and Mike Burns. (Includes, however, some misprints.) Unfortunately, this site was last updated 19 December 2006 and does no longer seem to be active. As an alternative, see the cached version of this page.


kubikat: Union Catalogue / Art Libraries Network Florence - Munich - Paris - Rome

German specialists' search tool. Very useful to all art historians who are looking for recent publications on Hogarth (and other artists) in books, journals, exhibition catalogues, Festschriften, and the like. For a basic search, type in "Hogarth, William" and click on the "Search" button. Then you will see the full list of Hogarth sources.

For several other current and older sources, see also the search result for "William Hogarth" given by the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH). Unfortunately, this bibliography, which grew out of the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, is no longer a free online service. To provide a secure long-term future for it, the Royal Historical Society and Institute of Historical Research entered into a partnership with Brepolis Publishers at the end of 2009 to continue the Bibliography as a subscription service under the new title: Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH).

For recent essays on Hogarth available to subscribers on the World Wide Web, try, in addition, the Project Muse's search engine.

Type in "Hogarth, William" as a search term. See also the list of Journals in Project MUSE.

For a useful twentieth-century online bibliography on Hogarth, see further the 1998 version of The William Hogarth Archive (University of Wales, Lampeter).

You should also try one of the best general search engines:


Type in a few descriptive words such as "Hogarth", "William Hogarth", "Paulson +Hogarth", "Hogarth +painting +Paulson", "+Hogarth +Reynolds", or "Rake's Progress +Hogarth -Stravinsky -opera -music", and click on the Search button. You will be agreeably surprised at the result.

You may also try other common search engines and directories such as Answers, AOL Search, Ask Jeeves, BASE, Bing (formerly MSN Search), Brave Search,, Carrot2, CORE, Crossref, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Dogpile, DuckDuckGo,, Exalead, Excite, Gale Academic Onefile, Get the Research, GIBIRU, Google Scholar, Ingenta Open, JSTOR (Journal Storage), JURN, looksmart, Lycos, Mendeley, MetaCrawler, Metager, mojeek, Open Directory Project (dmoz), Paperity, pearltrees, Qwant, ResearchGate, ScienceOpen, SearchEdu, SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context), Startpage by Ixquick, Suchhaus, swisscows, Teoma, Webcrawler, WolframAlpha, WorldCat, WorldWideScience, Yahoo, Yandex and Yep. Put the search engines to the test and simply type in "Hogarth AND bibliography". Indeed, some results you get could include rather worthless stuff.

For news on Hogarth-related topics, see also Enfilade, the serial newsletter for Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture (HECAA). For a table of useful general art history resources on the Web, see, in addition, Chris Witcombe's Art History Research Resources. For a general search of relevant eighteenth-century topics, you should try the C18-L's Selected Readings search engine. It will find single-word instances in all the available back issues of Selected Readings, the most comprehensive interdisciplinary bibliography of eighteenth-century studies on the Web. For lists of interesting eighteenth-century links, see also Jack Lynch's Eighteenth-Century Resources and some parts of Alan Liu's Voice of the Shuttle (both of which are now outdated); the "18th-Century Art" section of Chris Witcombe's Art History resources on the web; the Early Modern Online Bibliography, a weblog created by Anna Battigelli and Eleanor Shevlin to facilitate scholarly feedback and discussion pertaining to valuable online text-bases for the humanities; and the Links section of William Hogarth's Realm by Shaun Wourm, which, however, has not been reconstructed so far. See further The British Art site for research about art in Britain, and The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735, which publishes primary sources and research tools for the study of the arts in Britain between the restoration of Charles II and the opening of Hogarth's St Martin's Lane Academy, viz. a biographical dictionary, a database of art sales, a topographical dictionary, a group of subject-based texts and a large checklist of works of art.

For the historical and cultural background, see London Lives 1690 to 1800 providing, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners; Rictor Norton's Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports, a sourcebook dealing with famous criminals, love and marriage, rape, infanticide, popular amusements, suicides, quack medicines, work, poverty, religion, public order, etc.; the British Library's Georgian Britain pages offering prints, drawings and documents, as well as informative articles, which delve into the lives of the Georgians; and Eighteenth Century England, a site created by and for literature students at the University of Michigan, including an alphabetical listing of all student projects that have been completed to date. For questions of eighteenth-century clothing, see the Victoria and Albert Museum's 18th-century fashion site; the Eighteenth-Century Clothing Notebook; and Ben Johnson's Georgian Fashion page. For the early nineteenth-century, see, in addition, the Regency Fashion 1800s Costume History page and the Regency Era: Fashion History, Culture and Lifestyle blog. Last but not least, the Hogarth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms and Hogarth Family HQ may be used as aids to anyone interested in other aspects (genealogy, etc.) of the Hogarth name.


Artcyclopedia: William Hogarth.

Lists many online image archives.

Bridgeman Images: Hogarth.

Hundreds of images by, and after, Hogarth. One of the most comprehensive picture galleries available on the Internet, including many of Hogarth's engravings and paintings, among them several hand-coloured prints.

Clifford Armion (ed.), The Works of William Hogarth, La Clé des Langues (Lyon).

Online version of The Works of William Hogarth, from the Original Plates restored by James Heath (London, 1822) including all illustrations and the accompanying commentaries by John Nichols. For these commentaries, see also The Hogarth Project. Part of an excellent project by Clifford Armion, Professor of English at the Université de Lyon.

William Hogarth: The Engravings.

Most complete collection of Hogarth's engravings available on the Internet as a free pdf file, however without accompanying descriptions.

Google Images: William Hogarth.

Somewhat repetitive collection of images from a wide variety of sources. William Hogarth.

Hogarth's paintings and prints as presented by Artsy, the free online platform designed to connect users to art.

Creative Commons Search: William Hogarth.

Identifies providers hosting CC-licensed content, allowing openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone.

Olga's Gallery: William Hogarth.

Excellent images of Hogarth's paintings.

William Hogarth's Realm: The Gallery.

Extensive gallery

ArtUK: William Hogarth.

Paintings by, and after, Hogarth.

Maximilian Genealogy: William Hogarth (1697-1764).

Remarkable gallery of Hogarth's pictures, focusing on the paintings. The site also includes a short biography.

The Victorian Web: William Hogarth's Works.

Clickable list of many of Hogarth's prints. Brief commentaries accompany most images.

Haley & Steele: William Hogarth.

Cached version of an American printseller's exhibition of many prints. However, the original site is now closed. It included illustrations and descriptions of many of these prints and information about the different states and editions of Hogarth's engravings. The commentaries were provided by Edward Hammonds.

Lewis Walpole Library: Hogarth Collection.

The Lewis Walpole Library is currently working to digitize its collection of over one thousand prints by and after Hogarth, thus providing widespread access to these important holdings via Orbis, the Yale University Library Catalogue, and the Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Art Finder: William Hogarth.

Remarkable collection of Hogarth's prints. You can also search the collections.

Collage: The London Picture Archive: Hogarth

Another collection of Hogarth's prints. Part of an image database containing 20,000 works from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery London. Click on an image to see more information.

Princeton University Library: William Hogarth.

Reproductions of The Times, Plate I, The Sleeping Congregation, The Company of Undertakers, The Five Orders of Periwigs, and Hudibras Sallying Forth.

Cartoons: British Cartoon Archive.

Contains lots of prints engraved by Thomas Cook after Hogarth. Type in the search terms.

Carol Gerten-Jackson: CGFA: Hogarth.

A dozen images of paintings by Hogarth plus the six prints of A Harlot's Progress. The original site is now to be found on Facebook.

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Collections Explorer: Hogarth.

Many prints and paintings from the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, including several not currently available online.

The Art Institute of Chicago: William Hogarth.

Many prints from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The National Gallery of Art, Washington: Hogarth, William

Many prints by, and after, Hogarth from the National Gallery's collection, Washington, DC. See also this National Gallery page which lists 111 works.

Harvard Art Museums / Collection Search: Hogarth.

Many engravings from the collection of the Fogg Museum's Department of Prints.

Art in Parliament: Hogarth.

23 prints from the UK Parliament's Website.

The William Hogarth Archive, Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter: The Images.

One of the most extensive image archives of Hogarth's prints on the Web. Unfortunately, all of the 126 photographs presented here are underexposed.

William Hogarth, Museum Image Collections.

List of links to several images of Hogarth's prints mainly from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Royal Academy of Arts, London: William Hogarth.

Some prints from the Royal Academy's collections.

Art of the Print: Image Gallery (Hj to Hog).

Printseller's image gallery offering several prints by Hogarth, mostly taken from the nineteenth-century edition by James Heath (1822). Contains a description of each work.

The British Museum: Collection Online: Hogarth, William.

More than 2,000 drawings and prints from the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum, London.

The Victoria and Albert Museum: Hogarth, William.

Many prints by Hogarth plus The Walpole Salver from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Alexander Pope's Homepage: William Hogarth.

All prints of the Harlot's Progress and the Rake's Progress series plus some brief introductory remarks. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

ArtServe: Prints by Subject: Hogarth.

Extensive picture gallery presented by the Australian National University, including all images of Hogarth's narrative sequences and some other of his prints and paintings. The quality of the scans, however, is rather indifferent. See also subsequent pages.

Web Gallery of Art: Hogarth, William.

Web gallery created by Emil Kren and Daniel Marx. Presents the paintings of, and comments on, An Election Entertainment; the first two scenes of Marriage A-la-Mode; and images of the portrait of Mary Edwards; The Painter and His Pug; The Orgy from A Rake's Progress; A Scene from the 'Beggar's Opera'; the indoor painting of After; and The Strode Family. Also includes a short biography.

The National Gallery: William Hogarth.

The collection of the National Gallery, London, containing the six paintings of Marriage A-la-Mode, The Graham Children, and The Shrimp Girl.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Search.

Type the search term 'Hogarth' into the search box.

Royal Museums Greenwich: Hogarth, William.

Paintings and prints from the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, among them Captain Lord George Graham in his Cabin, Woodes Rogers and his Family, Inigo Jones and Captain Sir Alexander Schomberg.

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: Objects associated with William Hogarth.

Works by Hogarth from the Birmingham collection, among them the chalk drawing of a Head of a Lady, six engravings of Marriage A-la-Mode, and oil paintings of The Beggar's Opera and The Distressed Poet.

Sir John Soane's Museum: A Rake's Progress.

On the eight paintings of A Rake's Progress.

Sir John Soane's Museum: An Election.

On the four paintings of the Election series.

Sue Coe, "William Hogarth: The Four Stages of Cruelty".

Images of The Four Stages of Cruelty plus short commentaries on the prints.

World Art Treasures (Rencontre des Trésors d'Art du Monde).

Type in "Hogarth" as a search term. Images of several of Hogarth's paintings, or rather of details of the pictures, will appear, among them the eight scenes of A Rake's Progress and some portraits.

Hogarth prints at Chetham's.

Details from some Hogarth prints in the collection of Chetham's Library, Manchester.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art: Hogarth, William.

Several prints from the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana.

Mark Harden's Artchive: William Hogarth.

Good reproductions of the prints of Beer Street, The Bruiser, John Wilkes, Esq, and The March to Finchley, plus an image of the painting of the Bedlam scene of A Rake's Progress.

Humanities Web: William Hogarth, Selected Works.

Images of, and short commentaries on, some of Hogarth's paintings and prints.

William Hogarth (1697-1764).

A short account of the artist's life and work plus five illustrations: Hogarth's self-portrait of 1745, the painting of O the Roast Beef of Old England, and copies of Gin Lane, Beer Street and Credulity, Superstition, and Fanaticism (mistakenly titled Enthusiasm Delineated).

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: William Hogarth

Some prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales: Hogarth.

The painting of Dr Benjamin Hoadly plus several prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia.

ANSC100 Image Library: Hogarth, William.

The eight paintings of A Rake's Progress.

La Carrière du Roué (1735).

Images of five prints from the Rake's Progress series preserved at the Université de Liège, including French commentaries.

National Portrait Gallery: William Hogarth.

Survey of 25 portraits by Hogarth kept in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

National Museum Wales: Hogarth, William.

The paintings of The Jones Family, A Children's Tea Party, and A House of Cards.

The Courtauld Institute of Arts: Hogarth.

Some drawings and prints from the collection of the Courtauld Institute of Arts, London.

The Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire: Hogarth, William

The six prints of Marriage A-la-Mode, the eight prints of A Rake's Progress plus Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn.

The Visual Telling of Stories Archive: Hogarth's Narratives.

Misleading title, as only four individual prints by Hogarth are shown: Some Principal Inhabitants of the Moon, Scholars at a Lecture, Time Smoking a Picture, and Tail Piece, or The Bathos.

Room Six: William Hogarth.

Images of, and commentaries on, Hogarth's Don Quixote illustrations. Part of a Don Quixote exhibition.

The Cleveland Museum of Art: Hogarth

Eleven prints from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, including several not currently available online.

Selected Hogarth Prints. Scanned by Jack Lynch.

Six hastily scanned prints by Hogarth: Gin Lane; Beer Street; The Distressed Poet; Industry and Idleness, Plate 7; The Enraged Musician; Scholars at a Lecture.

The European Enlightenment Gallery: William Hogarth.

Large-size reproductions of Plate 4 of A Harlot's Progress and Plate 11 of Industry and Idleness. Click on the small pictures to enlarge.

Hogarth (1697-1764).

Page linking to those scenes of Hogarth associated with inns and taverns.

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Hogarth.

William Hogarth, A Fishing Party.

Manchester Art Gallery: Hogarth.

Some paintings and prints, among them an oil sketch for The Pool of Bethesda and the portrait of A Gentleman.

William Hogarth, Before and After.

Outdoor and indoor scenes of Hogarth's Before and After.

The Frick Collection: William Hogarth.

The portrait of Miss Mary Edwards.

William Hogarth.

Czech Web site presenting some of Hogarth's paintings and prints.

Art Unframed: William Hogarth.

A selection of 13 images of Hogarth's paintings. Commercial Web site offering reproduction copies of any work, "hand painted in oils on Belgian canvas".

Graphic Type Ltd: The Engravings of William Hogarth CD.

Offer of 107 JPEG images of engravings for use in desktop publishing, graphic design and education. Two dozen of these can be previewed on the screen. However, most images seem to be reproduced from copies rather than Hogarth's originals.

Antique engravings and prints: William Hogarth.

Printsellers' offer of sets of nineteenth-century copies of Hogarth's prints.


Shaun Wourm: William Hogarth's Realm.

One of the best and most expansive sites. Includes several interesting sections, among them the author's own MA thesis on the Industry and Idleness series, a biographical chronology, a message board and many links concerning Hogarth and eighteenth-century culture in general. Send a message or ask a question! The site is being reconstructed. See the new version of William Hogarth's Realm

Tate Britain: Hogarth Exhibition (2007): Room Guide.

Room guide to the most comprehensive exhibition of Hogarth's paintings and prints in a generation, showcasing every aspect of the artist's multi-faceted career: his remarkable paintings, ranging from elegant conversation pieces to salacious brothel scenes; his vibrant drawings and sketches; and the numerous satirical engravings for which he is most famous today.

Clifford Armion (ed.), The Works of William Hogarth, La Clé des Langues (Lyon).

Online version of The Works of William Hogarth, from the Original Plates restored by James Heath (London, 1822) including all illustrations and the accompanying commentaries by John Nichols. For these commentaries, see The Hogarth Project. Part of this excellent project by Clifford Armion, Professor of English at the Université de Lyon, are also some substantial online essays in French by Armion, Anaïs Le Fèvre-Berthelot, Isabelle Baudino and Nicole Henry. "The primary aim of this project is to facilitate access to William Hogarth's works on the web and to create a coherent database for teachers and researchers."

Humanities Web: William Hogarth.

Part of a Humanities Web site on 18th Century Art in England. Includes a "Biography" of some length; "Selected Works"; "Suggested Reading"; an Index by Period on 18th Century Narrative Painting (1750-1800); and some "Additional Resources". See also Hogarth's Legacy. There are similar pages on Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Artble: William Hogarth.

Website on Hogarth, his life and work, the artistic context, his technique and his influences. Includes more detailed analyses of some of his paintings, for instance, the eight pictures of A Rake's Progress, the portrait of Captain Coram, and Sigismunda Mourning over the Heart of Guiscardo.

William Hogarth Trust: William Hogarth.

Registered charity that raises awareness and encourages understanding of William Hogarth. 

Hogarth Online by Debra Taylor Bourdeau.

Website providing comments on many of Hogarth's major engraving series, including the author's own observations as well as collected observations from major commentators. Deals with each plate as a whole and with specific details in each plate. There is also an older version of this site.

Satires of William Hogarth.

Class project on Hogarth as part of a coursework on satire in the age of Swift. Includes a biography and discussions of The Four Times of the Day, the Four Prints of an Election, two prints on religious enthusiasm, the portrait of Henry Fielding, a scene from The Rape of the Lock, the Frontispiece to The Travels of Mr. John Gulliver, The Punishment Inflicted on Lemuel Gulliver, and The South Sea Scheme.

The Victorian Web: William Hogarth's Works.

Index page about William Hogarth presented by "The Victorian Web", including a clickable list of many of Hogarth's prints. Brief commentaries accompany most images.

Angela Rosenthal (curator), William Hogarth and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture, exh., Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 17 April-22 June 1997.

Well-presented and informative online exhibition critically reassessing the satirical graphic work of Hogarth by highlighting a variety of eighteenth-century themes, e.g. Hogarth's deep concern with the ills of the modern city, the dignity of and the dangers faced by prostitutes, and issues of theatricality, race, class, and taste.

James Christen Steward (curator), Hogarth and His Times: Serious Comedy, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, 1998.

Survey of the exhibition organised to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Hogarth's birth.

Exploring Eighteenth Century England with William Hogarth.

Site created by students at the University of Michigan. Deals with opposing views of the city, prostitution as a profession, art as political criticism, etc.

Allen Samuels, The William Hogarth Archive.

Contents: images of 126 prints by Hogarth; remarkable bibliographies of publications on Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and various aspects of eighteenth-century life; some few links to related sites. Unfortunately, all photographs (taken of original prints or later copies published by enterprising publishers such as Boydell) appear to be underexposed (i.e. dark) and are only numbered consecutively without labels.

Haley & Steele presents: William Hogarth (1697-1764) (cached version).

American printseller's site on Hogarth, focusing on the prints. However, the original site is now closed. It included illustrations and descriptions of many plates and information about the different states and editions of Hogarth's engravings. The commentaries were provided by Edward Hammonds.

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