Join Cold War Steve and Jeremy Deller for a chaired panel discussion at The National Gallery to discuss depictions of Britishness in art, inspired by Hogarth: Place and Progress at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Tickets are available on the National Gallery's website: Book Now >

Hogarth's darkly satirical paintings have enduring appeal; humorous cautionary tales depicting the vice and immorality the artist saw across all classes of British society. 

Painting at a time of political upheaval, for an audience renegotiating its own nationhood, Hogarth portrayed foreign characters and cultures in distasteful and often offensive ways, while in turn mocking and parodying changing concepts of Britishness.

Marking the rare loan of the National Gallery's Hogarth series Marriage A-la-Mode to Sir John Soane’s Museum, this event brings together artists Cold War Steve and Jeremy Deller to discover how their work expresses, challenges and subverts our understandings of British identity. We also question why we so often return to these tropes of ‘Britishness’ particularly at times of social and political crisis.

The conversation is chaired by Christine Riding, Head of the National Gallery's Curatorial Department.

Tickets are available on the National Gallery's website: Book Now >


Cold War Steve

Cold War Steve is the nom de plume of Christopher Spencer, a British collage artist and satirist. He is the creator of the Twitter feed 'McFadden's Cold War', which features photomontages of celebrities alongside 'EastEnders' actor Steve McFadden in character as Phil Mitchell. In 2019 he created covers for 'The Big Issue' and 'Time' magazine, the latter now part of the National Portrait Gallery Collection; been commissioned by the Scottish National Gallery for the exhibition 'Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage'; and collaborated with Led By Donkeys on a billboard unveiled at Glastonbury Festival.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller is a British conceptual, video, and installation artist. Much of Deller's work is collaborative and has a strong political aspect in its subject, such as Battle of Orgreave' (2001), a re-enactment of the actual conflict that occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984. A retrospective of Deller's work, 'Joy in People', took place at the Hayward Gallery, London, in 2012, he won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2013 he was selected to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Christine Riding

Christine Riding is the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department at the National Gallery. Alongside Mark Hallet she co-curated the Tate Britain exhibition 'Hogarth' in 2006 and co-authored its accompanying catalogue.

Image: William Hogarth (1697-1764), Marriage A-la-Mode, 4: The Toilette, 1743-45. Oil on canvas, 70.5 x 90.8. The National Gallery, London

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

Visit the exhibition

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.

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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

Event Info

25 Oct 2019

18:30 to 20:00

£10 / £5 concessions

The National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Theatre