The eighteenth century artist Hogarth created scenes of everyday life shot through with social commentary. All sorts of chinaware play a role on his painted stage as bit-part players in his evocative dramas. From the Harlot’s dingy garret to milord’s swanky mantelpiece, ceramics teeter, tumble, or merely stand helplessly by, symbolic commentators on the goings-on around them.
We delve into the stories, we reveal and even identify particular ceramics and show how Hogarth’s images themselves became sources for the ceramic workshops of Europe and China. This is a unique and stimulating talk, colliding material culture and moral commentary. You will look at Hogarth and ceramics with new eyes.
Please book the lectures by calling the IWA office on 04 898 2540 (9.30-12.30 Mondays to Fridays). Alternatively, the following committee members will be happy to take bookings:
Marlene Fox: 016 491 1658/04 228 5692
Robert Newton: 014 258 6318
Jenny Ng: 015 611 488
Judith Ellidge: 017 578 3965