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The Genius of British Art

S1-E2 Art for the People

S1-E2 Art for the People

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Summary

Historian Gus Casely-Hayford profiles 18th-century painter and printmaker William Hogarth, and argues he played a key role in shaping the British sense of identity by using his art to depict life among the poor on the streets of London, rather than chronicling the rarefied world of the aristocracy. He also considers the personal reasons Hogarth would have had for choosing to take working-class life as his subject matter, and analyses the role of the city itself in the national consciousness of the period.

Cast & Crew

Director Neil Crombie
Executive Producer Nicolas Kent
Producer Sarah Mortimer

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