Past Events

Hogarth and the City


  • 30 June 2017
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • By Mark Hallett (Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre)
  • Paul Mellon Centre

Our vision of eighteenth-century London has been profoundly shaped by the paintings and prints of William Hogarth (1697-1764). In this talk, one of the world’s leading experts on Hogarth’s works takes us on a lively journey through the artist’s astonishing and inventive images of the city’s streets, alleyways, squares and suburbs. We will move from the crush of Covent Garden market to the horrors of Gin Lane, from clogged pavements to squalid bedrooms, and from pictures that celebrated the vitality and verve of Georgian London to those that peered deep into its darkest secrets.

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival 28 June- 1 July 2017

Bedford Square Festival will open the doors of the cultural and educational organisations located in the Square to the public through an exciting programme of events. The Festival will celebrate the artistic, cultural and literary communities on this historic square. We hope to engage a diverse audience and inspire creative and educational opportunities. To find out about other free talks, workshops and screenings taking place please visit: