Thomas Cook after William Hogarth – Bambridge on Trial for Murder by a Committee of the House of Commons
Thomas Cook after William Hogarth – Bambridge on Trial for Murder by a Committee of the House of Commons. Interior of the Fleet Prison with the House of Commons committee appointed to enquire into the state of gaols (after Hogarth’s painting of c.1729 in the National Portrait Gallery); to left, James Oglethorpe, Chairman of the Committee, confronts the warden of the Fleet, Thomas Bambridge; in the foreground, a prisoner (probably Jacob Mendes da Sola) kneels in shackles.
William Hogarth, (born November 10, 1697, London, England—died October 26, 1764, London). The first great English-born artist to attract admiration abroad. Best known for his MORAL and satirical engravings and paintings—e.g., A Rake’s Progress (eight scenes,1733).
His attempts to build a reputation as a history painter and portraitist, however, met with financial disappointment. His aesthetic theories had more influence in Romantic literature than in painting.