William Hogarth: Biography, Paintings & Engravings


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What does William Hogarth mean when he says that the face is the 'index of the mind?'

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1. In the painting below, what is William Hogarth critiquing through the depiction of the chained dogs?

2. In William Hogarth's The Four Stages of Cruelty, what is the purpose of the bolder strokes within the series?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Hogarth painted traditional portraits and landscapes, wrote books about art theory and challenged London printers over intellectual property rights. However, he is best known for his richly detailed paintings and engravings that depict stories of crime, greed, gluttony and other types of moral decay. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Hogarth's career and the characteristics of his art that became one of the most stinging social commentaries of 18th century society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Hogarth's views on portraits and facial expressions
  • What Hogarth critiqued with an image of chained dogs
  • Hogarth's use of finer lines versus bolder strokes
  • Hogarth's collection of theories and critiques on art
  • When Hogarth died

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Hogarth to answer questions about his art
  • Making connections - examine how 18th century technological advances affected Hogarth's career as an artist
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding of Hogarth's intention to create prints that appealed to the 'unrefined masses' to examine his view of the purpose of art

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on William Hogarth's life and works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Hogarth's style and techniques
  • Recognize the layers of meaning in Hogarth's works
  • Know Hogarth's view on the significance of facial expressions
  • Understand Hogarth's criticism of the art establishment
  • Understand Hogarth's role as an art theorist and critic