A Hartlot's Progress 1731-2 - A window onto early Georgian London

Starting Tuesday, 10 October 2017 · 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



FREE EVENT booking essential, call 020 7794 1439 
Tuesday 10 October 6.30-7.30pm

A Harlot’s Progress 1731-2 - A window onto early Georgian London with Professor Barry Hoffbrand 

Prof Barry Hoffbrand, a retired physician, has had a long interest in the iconography of doctors – how artists over the centuries have portrayed the doctor– from hero to zero.

William Hogarth 1697- 1764, with his series of prints which read like a play, portrayed two “quacks” arguing over their pills and potions, whilst the Harlot dies of her occupational disease. It is the ultimate representation of medical venality and inhumanity. There are satirical references in the other scenes to contemporary persons and scandals of early Georgian London, which in addition to the sex, gave Hogarth prints a popular and financial winner.

“A wonderful observation, entertaining and scholarly,” Isabel H Langtry, Principal HSoA


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