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The Madden Arnholz Collection, comprising some 2,000 Old Master Prints, was donated to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 1988 by Claire Madden, in memory of her daughter, Étaín, and son-in-law Dr Friedrich Arnholz. This collection of prints, dating from 1500 to the late 19th century, includes works by such masters as Brueghel, Dürer, Goya, and Rembrandt and is particularly strong in work by William Hogarth. This exhibition will focus on the works of this celebrated English painter and engraver, well-known for his brilliant satirical prints drawing on the preoccupying themes of his time. The Collection includes a number of complete sets of his most popular series, including Marriage-á-la-Mode, A Rake’s Progress and A Harlot’s Progress.

William Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern ArtWilliam Hogarth, Gin Lane, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern ArtWilliam Hogarth, Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn, 1738, Etching and engraving, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern Art

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William Hogarth 1697–1764

English artist William Hogarth, the son of a shopkeeper mother, and schoolmaster and publisher father, was born in London. After a brief apprenticeship as a silversmith, Hogarth studied for a time at Sir James Thornhill’s then recently opened art school. His first employment was in designing plates for booksellers until he began producing work on his own account. His first big financial success was with A Harlot’s Progress, a series of paintings from which he produced engravings in 1732. This was the first of the wholly innovatory genre that Hogarth called his ‘modern moral subjects’ and which first gave him his position as a great and original artist. In 1735 he helped found St. Martin’s Lane Academy - considered an important forerunner to the Royal Academy - which opened in 1768. In 1753, Hogarth published Analysis of Beauty, an investigation into the aesthetic principles of art.
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