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William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

An Election I: The Election Entertainment


Oil on canvas

Height: 101cm
Width: 128cm

Museum number: P53

Provenance help-art-provenance

Sold by the artist to the actor David Garrick; Soane purchased the four paintings that comprise the Election series from the sale of the effects of Mrs Garrick at Christie's 1823. John Britton recounts the story in his Union, 1827, as follows: This set of pictures ... was purchased by Mr. Garrick of the artist, under peculiar circumstances, for a small sum, - about two hundred pounds, and bought by Mr. Soane at the dispersion of that eminent actor's effects, in June, 1823, for £1732. The learned and accomplished auctioneer, when he knocked down the lot, neatly and appropriately remarked to this effect: - "As returning Officer, I have the honour of declaring John Soane Esq. is the successful candidate in this warmly contested Election".


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Exhibition history

Hogarth's Election Entertainment: Artists at the Hustings, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 23 March - 25 August 2001; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, 6 October 2001 - 6 January 2002
Hogarth: Place and Progress, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 9 October 2019 - 5 January 2020
Hogarth, Tate Britain, London, 2 December 1971 - 6 February 1972
Hogarth, Tate Britain, London, 5 February - 29 April 2007
Manners & Morals - Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, Tate Britain, London, 15 October 1987 - 3 January 1988
The Soane Hogarths, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 March - 19 June 2004; 26 August 2005 - 25 February 2006

Associated objects

P56, series
P73, series
P78, series
P53, series
O2095, provenance

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