Save the Date: 7 October 2011

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Detail from Beer Street, 1751. Etching and engraving.

Sin & the City

William Hogarth’s London

26 August 2011-29 January 2012
Firestone Library
Princeton University

Opening event:
Friday, 7 October 2011, 2:00 p.m.

101 McCormick Hall
Linda Colley, Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University;
Mark Hallett, Professor of History of Art, University of York;
Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Eighteenth-Century History, University of Hertfordshire; and
Claude Rawson, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale University.
James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum will moderate.
A reception will follow.

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Detail from A Midnight Modern Conversation, 1732/33. Etching, 3rd state.

On Sunday, 13 November 2011, The Practitioners of Musick will present Hogarth and His Musical Friends at 3:00, featuring John Burkhalter on English and small flutes; Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Donna Fournier, Baroque cello; and Donovan Klotzbeacher on harpsichord. A reception will follow in the main gallery of Firestone Library.

A gallery tour with the curator will be offered on Sunday 23 October 2011 at 3:00 in the Firestone Library main gallery.

This exhibition and its related events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, the Princeton University History Department, and the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. For more information, please call 609-258-3197.

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Detail from Industry and Idleness, plate 3, 1747. Engraving.

How I want thee, humorous Hogarth!
Thou, I hear, a pleasant rogue art.
Were but you and I acquainted,
Every monster should be painted:
You should try your graving tools
On this odious group of fools;
Draw the beasts as I describe them:
Form their features while I gibe them;
Draw them like; for I assure you,
You will need no car’catura;
Draw them so that we may trace
All the soul in every face.
—Fragment from Jonathan Swift, The Legion Club (1736)

In addition, a website has been built, mapping the eighteenth-century locations depicted in Hogarth’s prints on a contemporary London street map.

View Sin and the City: William Hogarth’s London in a larger map. Then, compare it to John Rocque’s A Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, 1745. Available in full at: Rocque. These maps will also be available in the gallery.