The Shrimp Girl

'The Shrimp Girl' is probably a relatively late work by the artist, most likely dating from the 1740s, when Hogarth experimented in his paintings with an increasingly free brush. Made as an experiment, and not strictly 'finished', it remained with Hogarth's estate after his death. His widow was said to have told visitors on showing the picture to them: 'They say he could not paint flesh. There is flesh and blood for you: - them!'

Key facts

Artist dates
1697 - 1764
Full title
The Shrimp Girl
Date made
about 1740-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 52.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1884
Inventory number
Location in Gallery