Anon after William Hogarth – The Merry Gregs
A rare and curious adaptation of Hogarths ‘The Chorus of Singers’. Most of the characters from the original are used here, but juxtaposed around a more central podium. They are singing from Sheets titled O’ save us all and The Dragon of Wontly.
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.