Date of Birth: 10/11/1697
Born in London to Richard Hogarth, a poor Latin school teacher and textbook writer, and Anne Gibbons. In his youth he was apprenticed to an engraver and goldsmith and would use the skills in later life when he sold engravings on subscription. He began to produce his own engraved designs in about 1710 and later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces. In 1731, he completed the earliest of the series of moral works which first gave him recognition as a great and original genius. This was "A Harlot's Progress", followed by perhaps the most famous "The Rake's Progress." In 1743 - 1745 Hogarth painted the six pictures of Marriage -la-mode, a moralistic warning showing the miserable tragedy of an ill-considered marriage for money. This is regarded by many as his finest project.