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Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Galata by William Hogart (London, 1724)

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William Hogarth's Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Galata (Istanbul) was printed in Aubry de La Mottraye's Travels throughout Europe, Asia and into Part of Africa in London in 1724

Year: 1724
City: London
Size: 26.8 x 36.8 cm
Artist: William Hogarth (1697-1764)

William Hogarth was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. He is best known for his moral and satirical engravings and paintings. His political illustrations are referred to as 'Hogarthian'. Hailed as the ‘grandfather of satire,’ English artist, engraver and satirist William Hogarth created a body of scathing commentary through his work, critiquing aspects of 18th century English society like corrupt politics, and religion. Influenced by French and Italian painting and engraving, Hogarth's works became widely popular and mass-produced via prints in his lifetime, and he was by far the most significant English artist of his generation.

Hogarth died in London on 26 October 1764 and was buried at St. Nicholas Church, Chiswick, now in the west of London. His friend, actor David Garrick, composed the following inscription for his tombstone:

Farewell great Painter of Mankind

Who reached the noblest point of Art

Whose pictured Morals charm the Mind

And through the Eye correct the Heart.


If Genius fire thee, Reader, stay,

If Nature touch thee, drop a Tear:

If neither move thee, turn away,

For Hogarth's honoured dust lies here.

Hogarth's House in Chiswick, west London, is now a museum; the major road junction next to it is named the Hogarth Roundabout. In 2014 both Hogarth's House and the Foundling Museum held special exhibitions to mark the 250th anniversary of his death. In 2019, Sir John Soane's Museum, which owns both The Rake's Progress and The Humours of an Election, held an exhibition that assembled all Hogarth's series of paintings, and his series of engravings, in one place for the first time.

Hogarth's paintings can be found at the National Gallery, Tate, and the Royal Academy of Arts. (Text source: Wikipedia)


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Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Galata by William Hogart
Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Galata by William Hogart
Mevlevi Sema Ceremony in Galata by William Hogart