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Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

Sex, Booze and Debauchery in 18th-Century London William Hogarth (1697-1764) grew up in the less than salubrious streets around Smithfield meat market in London.  The British artist knew the underbelly of the metropolis from an early age and created a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs. A Rake’s Progress (1733) tells the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who follows a path of vice and self-destruction. The…

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The Best Boozy Pictures in Art

Posted by Published on November 13, 2015

From casual movie nights in, to classy affairs and then those crazy nights we struggle to even remember, booze is often a favourite accessory throughout the holiday period. Over the years alcohol has also been a key component of various artworks and has been construed in opposing lights, from promoting happiness and industry to invoking moral depravity. In London during the 1720s, gin was even a safer drink…

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