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Locals enable world-class Hogarth exhibition to come to Derby this March

Thanks to an extraordinary effort by the people of Derby, many famous paintings will come to the city for the first time

A world-class exhibition by 18th Century artist William Hogarth will open at Derby Museum and Art Gallery this March, thanks to the people of Derby who raised an amazing £20,000  last autumn.

It will be the first time Derby Museums has put together an exhibition of this scale and ambition, which aims to provide a cultural boost to a city already steeped in heritage.

The exhibition titled Hogarth’s Britons: Succession, Patriotism, and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, will bring together over 40 works by the world-renowned artist as well as works of fine and decorative art by some of his contemporaries. This includes a portrait returning to Derby for the first time in nearly 300 years, and many other famous paintings that have never been seen in the city. All will be on display in Derby between Friday 10th March – Sunday 4 June 2023.

William Hogarth (1697 – 1764) was a celebrated English painter, pictorial satirist, engraver, social critic and editorial cartoonist that was influenced by French and Italian paintings. His works ranged from life size portraits to a cartoon-strip style pictures that tell a story, and which he called ‘modern moral subjects’. He is widely regarded as the most significant English artist of his generation.

Led by Derby Museums, this free exhibition has been produced in partnership with, and part-funded by, 13 different high-profile national museums, including the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London.

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