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William Hogarth (1697-1764) A Rake’s Progress II: The Levee Courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

For the first time in more than 200 years, A Rake’s Progress will return to Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in March 2020 as the centrepiece of a new exhibition of work by contemporary artists focusing on aspects of everyday life in London.

The series of eight satirical paintings by William Hogarth, which narrate a now notorious morality tale, was originally bought by Sir John Soane’s wife Eliza for their drawing room at Pitzhanger in 1802.

A Rake’s Progress, painted in 1732-4, depicts the social conditions of London in narrating the decline and fall of a young man Tom Rakewell, who inherits a fortune and embarks on a profligate lifestyle in fashionable London before succumbing to financial ruin and madness. The preoccupying themes of culture, image and society reflect a city with many striking similarities that still reverberate today.

286 years after Hogarth painted this hugely influential work, Pitzhanger’s exhibition Hogarth’sA Rake’s Progress: Life in the City will present a modern reading of London, capturing multiple voices, places and issues that relate to the city.

Booking information to come soon.

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