William Hogarth, The Painter and his Pug

William Hogarth art

I really dig this Painter and his Pug, self portrait by William Hogarth. This was done in 1745. It is a self-portrait of him and his pug, Trump. This was originally supposed to be a formal picture, with formal attire, but he changed his mind…and his clothes mid-painting. He also brought his dog into the picture.

I am actually a fan of Hogarth. He was well before my time, but I love his work, which he adds humor social commentary to. He seems like he was a fun guy. The caption on this painting at the Tate, reads Hogarth’s pug dog, Trump, serves as an emblem of the artist’s own pugnacious character.

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