David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London and Fellow of the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University. He is the author of works on William Blake and William Hogarth, and presently the editor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of the series The Image of the Black in Western Art.

Hogarth’s Midnight Modern Conversation

William Hogarth, A Midnight Modern Conversation (1732), etching and engraving, 38.3 x 52.1 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Sarah Lazarus, 1891.

William Hogarth’s engraving A Midnight Modern Conversation is perhaps the most misunderstood of the artist’s prints, and this has been the case since it was first published in 1733 Read More

The Beauty of Line and Spit in William Hogarth

William Hogarth, detail from Plate 3 from A Rake’s Progress (1753), etching and engraving, 35 x 40.4 cm. British Museum, London. ©Trustees of the British Museum.

Hogarth’s series of “Modern Moral Subjects”—Harlot’s Progress, Rake’s Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode—have always been admired for their vivid storytelling. As he said himself they were like plays, with each painting or engraving Read More