Harlots, Rakes & Crashing China
- an Accidental Introduction to 18th century Ceramics (and to the Works of William Hogarth)
The 250th Hogarth Anniversary*
We travel through Hogarth's detailed interiors. High life and low, players, real and fictional. Humdrum chattels and faddish luxuries- including most of the Ceramic traditions of the time right up to the eve of the Wedgwood revolution. The ping-pong war of potters East and West, teh emergence of European porcelain. Through his racy narratives - The Harlot, The Rake and Marriage-à-la-Mode - Hogarth offers his own moral commentary on the pursuit of Taste and Luxury. Prepare to blush.
A unique talk, highly popular. Entertaining and educational. For Festivals and Arts Socieites. Works well for AS as a Special Anniversary Event or a Study Day theme. Premiered at the International Ceramics Fair & Seminar (1997) Hogarth's Tercentenary, launching my book Hogarth's China (1997)]
I shall never look at paintings in the same way again. You have completely changed my view of Hogarth and ceramics...
DL National Trust
...nobody wanted it to end. I kept being told that you were the best ever! I was so pleased that the members had such a memorable day...Thank you so much for making the day so special for us.
an Arts Society group, South England