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To coincide with the Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, this one-day workshop will explore the moral geography of Hogarth’s images and the environments they represent. Papers by a range of international speakers will discuss the idea of moral geography in relation to Hogarth and his contemporaries. Hogarth’s famous Modern Moral Subjects are entirely fictional, but their principal characters’ progress towards death or high office is also a physical progress through particular places and buildings in London. How do we best make sense of these moral and physical forms of passage? This workshop, as well as looking at the moral geography of Hogarth’s London, is interested in the relationship between his work and literary and pictorial alternatives, as well as its legacies for contemporary culture. The programme includes a visit to the exhibition.
08.30 Exhibition visit to Hogarth: Place and Progress (Sir John Soane’s Museum)
10.00–10.30 Walk to the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (16 Bedford Square)
10.30–11.00 Coffee and pastries
11.00–11.20 Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre, Director of Studies)
Welcome and Introduction
11.20–12.00 Meredith Gamer (Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology)
Meat and Bones: Topographies of Violence in Hogarth’s Four Stages of Cruelty
Session Two, chaired by Martin Postle (Paul Mellon Centre)
13.30–13.50 William K.S. Aslet (University of Cambridge)
Hogarth and Modern Architecture
14.00–14.20 Gillian Williamson (Birkbeck, University of London)
Lodging the Garret Poet: Before and After Hogarth
14.30–14.50 Stacy Sloboda (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
“The Four Times of Day in St. Martin’s Lane”
Session Three, chaired by Bruce Boucher (Sir John Soane’s Museum)
15.30–15.50 Cristina S. Martinez (University of Ottawa, Ontario)
Towards a Topography of Law in Hogarth’s Modern Moral Subjects
16.00–16.20 Kate Grandjouan (Courtauld Institute of Art/New College of the Humanities)
Moral Geography in Marriage à la Mode: Hogarth’s Dirty French
16.30–17.30 David Bindman (University College London, Curator of Hogarth: Place and Progress) and Panel
17.30–19.00 Drinks Reception
Image: William Hogarth (1697-1764), A Rake’s Progress, 4: The Arrest, 1734. Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 75.2. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
In Hogarth: Place and Progress, all of the paintings and engravings in Hogarth's series will be united for the first time at Sir John Soane's Museum to examine his complex views on morality, the society and the city.
Image: William Hogarth (1697-1764), A Rake’s Progress, 3: The Orgy, 1734. Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 75.2. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Paul Mellon Centre
16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
(with AM tour of the Hogarth exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum)