In Focus: Hogarth’s lesser known ‘Modern Moral Subjects’, Wednesday 8 June at 13.00

Regular price £5.00

In Focus is a series of lunchtime talks with Sir John Soane’s Museum curators and conservators in which they select an item from Soane’s vast and eclectic collection for an in-depth investigation. You will hear about the history and provenance of objects collected by Soane and have an opportunity to examine at close hand works from the collection not normally on display.

Hogarth is justly famed as the master of what he termed ‘Modern Moral Subjects’, pictorial sequences that told a story, much like scenes in a play or chapters in a book. Hogarth often, but not always, painted these scenes before engraving them as prints to sell in large numbers, for profit. Arguably his most accomplished painted series An Election is on permanent display at Sir John Soane’s Museum. For this lunchtime talk Joanna Tinworth, Curator (Collections) has chosen as her object in focus a volume of Hogarth’s engravings that Sir John Soane bought in 1804. She will use it to discuss two of Hogarth’s lesser known narrative series: Four Times of Day whose original paintings are divided between two collections and Four Stages of Cruelty for which no preparatory paintings were made.

Please note that this event takes place in the Museum's Seminar Room at Number 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields. No food or drink is permitted in the room.

Your confirmation email serves as your ticket.  

Tickets are refundable up to 7 days before the event, after which point they are non-refundable or exchangeable. 

We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

Image: An engraving from a volume of Hogarth’s works in Sir John Soane’s collection, London 1732-64, bought at Christie's Revett sale, 26 June 1804 © Sir John Soane’s Museum (5595).

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