William Hogarth A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings Elizabeth Einberg

Publication date:
08 Nov 2016
Paul Mellon Centre BA
432 pages: 298 x 248mm
390 color + 120 b-w illus.


William Hogarth (1697–1764) was among the first British-born artists to rise to international recognition and acclaim and to this day he is considered one of the country’s most celebrated and innovative masters. His output encompassed engravings, paintings, prints, and editorial cartoons that presaged western sequential art.  This comprehensive catalogue of his paintings brings together over twenty years of scholarly research and expertise on the artist, and serves to highlight the remarkable diversity of his accomplishments in this medium. Portraits, history paintings, theater pictures, and genre pieces are lavishly reproduced alongside detailed entries on each painting, including much previously unpublished material relating to his oeuvre. This deeply informed publication affirms Hogarth’s legacy and testifies to the artist’s enduring reputation. 

Elizabeth Einberg is a senior research fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and former curator at Tate Britain. 

“Many people in Britain today are unaware of this side of Hogarth’s genius, but Elizabeth Einberg’s magnificent catalogue raisonne of his paintings should change all that. It is the result of decades of research and reflection, and reveals that this physically short and even more short-tempered artist was one of the finest painters this country ever produced.”—Robin Simon, Literary Review, 1st February 2017.

“This is an admirable catalogue raisonne with ample and perceptive detail on the sitters, settings and the histories of the paintings.”—Huon Mallalieu, Country Life

“I doubt a better book on the subject than Einberg’s will be needed. It is also a pleasure to read.”—Martin Rowson, Apollo