The oval self-portrait of Hogarth is propped up by books of Shakespeare, Swift and Milton. Hogarth's own pug dog, Trump, is in the foreground.
The Painter and his Pug
90 x 69.9 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
English painter and engraver William Hogarth was most remembered for his satirical engravings of low-life scenes. Contemporary drama and novels provided Hogarth with inspiration and often explored themes of vanity, corruption, betrayal and death. He adopted a more refined painting style around 1745, before targetting his subjects to the lower classes with industrial and street scenes.