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The Small Self, 20 September 2014 to 11 January 2015

Jason Bowyer, self-portrait 2014

Jason Bowyer, self-portrait 2014

The most ambitious special exhibition ever to take place at Hogarth’s House opens on 20 September. The Small Self comprises more than fifty self-
portraits by artists, designers, cartoonists, writers and performers brought together in honour of William Hogarth in the 250th anniversary year of his death. The exhibition runs from 20 September to 11 January, admission free, and is open 12 noon to 5pm every day except Mondays.

Artists Chrissy Blake, a founder member of the Trust, and Jason Bowyer, a current trustee, devised the concept of an exhibition of small self-portraits when work on the refurbishment of Hogarth’s House was underway. Their aim has been to engage a modern artistic community with the House and so attract a different audience. Their imagination, creativity and persistence, and their ability to inspire the invited artists, together with a generous grant from the J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust, have enabled the exhibition to become a reality.

"Claire in her ceramic world", Claire Ireland

“Claire in her ceramic world”, Claire Ireland

The gallery at Hogarth’s House is small, so the portraits had to be small too. Foot-square artists’ boards were sent to invited artists and without the enthusiasm of those who have contributed their self-portraits, there would be no exhibition. They include the Hogarth Trust’s patron Peter Blake, Royal Academicians William Bowyer, Anthony Green, Ken Howard and Humphrey Ocean and a number of New English Art Club members, performers such as Harry Hill, Holly Johnson, Joanna Lumley and Jim Moir, designers like Cath Kidston, cartoonists Steve Bell and Martin Rowson and writer Jacqueline Wilson. We are enormously grateful to them and to everyone who has supported the project.

A full-colour catalogue of all the portraits will be on sale at the House at £6.95 and later in the year self-portrait workshops will be on offer to those who would like to try creating their own.shaded 250 logo

“Hogarth the Draughtsman” at the British Museum

I and I Pl 6Our Vice Chairman, Sheila O’Connell, has put together a small display of Hogarth’s drawings in Room 90 as the British Museum’s contribution to the 250th anniversary of his death. It continues until December. This is a special opportunity to see how Hogarth worked from initial ideas to a finished print.

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As Assistant Keeper of Prints & Drawings Sheila cares for the British Museum’s Hogarth works.  She  writes, ‘Only about 100 drawings by Hogarth survive and half of these are in the British Museum’s collection.

I and I Pl 6 printHogarth normally created his paintings and prints directly on to canvas or copper plate without detailed preliminary studies on paper. The drawings displayed were created for particular circumstances and show a little known aspect of his work.’

Here we show three items from the BM collection for comparison, two preliminary drawings for Plate 6 of Industry and Idleness, “The industrious ‘prentice out of his time, and married to his Master’s daughter”.

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