Real Life? Hogarth's images of love, death and family
23 July – 18 November 2012
An in-focus show on one of the most successful printmakers and satirists of eighteenth-century England, William Hogarth (1697-1764), was on display in the Millennium Wing between 23 July and 18 November. The exhibition, Real Life? Hogarth's images of love, death and family, illustrated the awful realities of life shown in his popular print series on moral subjects, including his set of four ‘Cruelty’ prints (1751), contrasting with his paintings of ideal family life as shown in The Western Family (c.1738) and The Mackinen Children (1740s).