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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 (the Austrian dancer Eva Maria Veigel, 1724-1822) at Christie's, 23 June 1823.


Britton, Union, 1827, pp. 40, 53-55
Soane, Description, 1830, pp.15 and 41
Soane, Description, 1835, p. 16-17
Ronald Paulson, Hogarth: His Life, Art and Times, 1971, vol. II, pp. 191-206 and passim
David Bindman, Hogarth, 1981, pp. 185-189 and passim
Elizabeth Einberg, Manners and Morals: Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, London, 1987, cats. 196-199, pp.209-215
Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths, 1991
Peter Thornton and Helen Dorey, A Miscellany of objects from Sir John Soane's Museum, 1992, pp. viii, 44, 126, fig. 38
Paulson, Hogarth, 1993, Vol. III, p. 152-184 and passim
Jenny Uglow, Hogarth: A Life and a World, 1997, pp. 548-561 and passim
Matthew Craske, William Hogarth, 2000, passim
Christina Scull, The Soane Hogarths, second revised edition, 2007, pp.51-63 and passim
Lars Tharp, Hogarth's China: Hogarth’s paintings and 18th-century ceramics, 1997, pp. 103-105
David Bindman, David Ekserdjian and William Palin (eds) Hogarth’s Election Entertainment. Artists at the Hustings, exhibition catalogue published by Apollo for Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2001
Mark Hallett and Christine Riding, Hogarth, exhibition catalogue, Tate, 2006, cats. 120-123, pp.228-231
New Description, 2007, pp.26-30 and 100

Exhibition history

Hogarth, Tate Britain, London, 2 December 1971 - 6 February 1972
Manners & Morals - Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, Tate Britain, London, 15 October 1987 - 3 January 1988

Associated objects

P56, series
P73, series
P78, series

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk