NAFDAS Lecture

Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China

Spence Clarke, keen supporters of the Arts, sponsored The Arts Society de La Frontera’s February’s lecture.

Lars Tharp, a ceramics historian

Lars Tharp, a ceramics historian and a member of the Antiques Roadshow team, delivered an illuminating lecture.  Not only did we learn a lot about the subject but also how to keep calm and deliver under the pressure of slide stumbles.

Having always thought of William Hogarth as a portraitist this lecture was a true illustration of challenging one’s thoughts and opening one’s eyes and mind. Hogarth, like Spence Clarke pays particular attention to every detail.

The ceramics and particularly the crashing china illustrate the story of the subjects in the paintings.  Hogarth is very observant of human nature and he portrays situations not only in minute detail but also with incredible humour.  Hogarth is renowned for his vibrant and often a satirical paintings.  His placing of ceramics illustrate the rise and subsequent demise of his subjects.

Lars Tharp also brought intricate historical details and humour to his talk.  We were literally laughing in the aisles!

There is a Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain until 29 April.

The broken China falling from the knocked over table a metaphor for the downfall of the harlot who is about to be arrested by the 2 men.

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