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William Hogarth, Self portrait

Key facts
Full title Self portrait
Artist William Hogarth
Artist dates 1697 - 1764
Date made 1757-8
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 45.1 × 42.5 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Purchased, 1869
Inventory number L1303
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Purchased, 1869, © © National Portrait Gallery
Collection Main Collection
Self portrait
William Hogarth

Dressed informally, Hogarth shows himself painting Thalia, Muse of Comedy, who is identified by the mask and book she holds. By associating himself with Thalia, the artist alludes to the ‘comic histories’ for which he was best known, including the nearby series Marriage A-la-Mode. This self portrait was painted around the time Hogarth was appointed serjeant painter to the King, in 1757.

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