Frontispiece to the Catalogue

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Frontispiece to the Catalogue
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Charles Grignon after William Hogarth
Frontispiece to the Catalogue
London, May 7th. 1761.
Engraving
200 x 150 mm
£125
In April and May of 1760 a group of artists , including Hogarth,  had exhibited their paintings in a room lent by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, in the Strand. Although successful, the exhibition had left the artists dissatisfied with the Society’s treatment of them.
They decided that the following year they would exhibit independantly and rented an auction room over a china warehouse in Spring gardens, and called themselves ‘The Society of Artists’.
Hogarth designed the frontispiece and tailpiece fro the catalogue. This print alludes to the hopes the artists had in their new monarch.
Paulson 236  III/III