Sin & the City: William Hogarth’s London @ Princeton University

William Hogarth, A Midnight Modern Conversation, 1732-3

26 August 2011 – 29 January 2012, Firestone Library, Princeston University

The exhibition Sin & the City: William Hogarth’s London will be running at Princeton University’s Firestone Library from the 26th August – 29th January 2012, showing etchings and engravings including Beer Street (1751) and A Midnight Modern Conversation (1932-3). The opening will be celebrated with a special event on Friday, 7 October 2011, 2:00 p.m: ‘A Midnight Modern Coversation’ will feature contributions from academics Linda Colley, Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University; The University of York’s very own Professor Mark Hallett, History of Art; Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Eighteenth-Century History, University of Hertfordshire; Claude Rawson, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale University. James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum will moderate. And for those British Art Reserachers who want to get a geographical taste of Hogarth’s London, you can visit the website that has been built to accompany the exhibition, mapping the eighteenth-century locations depicted in Hogarth’s prints on a contemporary London street map. You can view Sin and the City: William Hogarth’s London and then compare it to John Rocque’s A Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, 1745, available in full at: Rocque. These maps will also be available in the gallery.

In addition, on Sunday, 13 November 2011, The Practitioners of Musick will present Hogarth and His Musical Friends at 3:00, featuring John Burkhalter on English and small flutes; Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Donna Fournier, Baroque cello; and Donovan Klotzbeacher on harpsichord. A reception will follow in the main gallery of Firestone Library.

A gallery tour with the curator will also be offered on Sunday 23 October 2011 at 2:00 in the Firestone Library main gallery.

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