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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Boys Peeping at Nature. 1730

RCIN 811507

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Hogarth launched a subscription for A Harlot’s Progress in 1730. Subscribers, who registered to receive copies of the finished print in return for a down payment, were issued with a ticket showing a boy and a satyr lifting the skirt of a statue to peek underneath. The notion that art and satire can reveal truth may reflect the moral message of the Harlot’s Progress which examined the consequences of a series of actions and choices. This ticket is made out to George Lambert, a landscape painter. In the Royal Collection by 1845 Cat. 85