Pug's Progress: Free Exhibition at Hogarth's House

Find out about the lives of animals in the 18th century

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Find out about the lives of animals in eighteenth-century Britain through the eyes of the artist William Hogarth (1697-1764) in this free exhibition at Hogarth’s House.

Visitors can trace the different experiences of animals in Hogarth’s lifetime, from pampered pet monkeys to overworked carthorses. Illustrated by large-scale images of animals from the artist’s prints and paintings, the exhibition looks at animals found both in the home and in the street and field.

image of the william hogarth print of his pug representing the artist ' facing off his critics'

William Hogarth’s print, The Bruiser (1763) shows his pet pug, representing the artist, facing off against Hogarth’s critics

‘Pug’s Progress’ also explores the treatment of animals at a time when society started to become more sympathetic towards them. Famous for his prints showing the suffering of humans, Hogarth was also passionate about stopping cruelty to animals – visitors can view his print of a cock fight next to a pair of eighteenth-century cockfighting spurs.

This exhibition also introduces Hogarth’s own pets. During his lifetime Hogarth was considered to be unusually fond of his dogs, and you can see on display the souvenir Hogarth had printed for his pug, Trump, when they visited the frost fair held on the frozen Thames, on loan from the Peter Jackson Collection.

Free Admission.

Exhibition ends Sunday 16 October.

Open Tuesday-Sunday and bank holiday Mondays 12pm-5pm.

August 12, 2016

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