William Hogarth was born in London in 1697. He apprenticed under a goldsmith, and around 1710, he began to produce his own engraved designs. Hogarth later took up painting; he is most well known for his series paintings and engravings of ‘modern moral subjects’. His engravings were so plagiarized that he lobbied for the Copyright Act of 1735 as protection for writers and artists. During the 1730s, Hogarth developed into a portraitist and history painter. He passed away in 1764.
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