|Dates||1697 - 1764|
Although honored as a painter during his lifetime and the author of a treatise on painting, William Hogarth was often typecast as a satirist because of his mass-market, often satirical engravings. After an apprenticeship to an engraver of arms, Hogarth had his own engraving shop by 1720. A natural with oils, he reached the height of his reputation as a painter before the decade's end. His early works displayed
In 1740 Hogarth directed the course of British portraiture with Captain Coram, which stressed the captain's individuality rather than his social stature. He was the first British artist to be widely admired abroad, both for his paintings and for his 1753 treatise, The Analysis of Beauty.