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William Hogarth: 1697 - 1764

Born in 1697 in London, William Hogarth rose quickly to prominence with his satirical work on the social landscape of Georgian Britain, and is renowned for his moral works such as A Rake's Progress (Sir John Soane's Museum), Marriage à-la-mode (National Gallery) and Industry and Idleness (British Museum).

Hogarth also worked extensively on historical and Biblical pieces, with notable works such as The Good Samaritan, The Pool of Bethesda (St Bartholomew's Hospital) and The Gate of Calais which can be seen at the Tate.

Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill, another Freemason, who was famous for the Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and for painting the dome at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Hogarth was initiated sometime between 1725-1728 into the Lodge at the Hand and Apple Tree Tavern No. 41, but due to his passion for Freemasonry, he went on to join many other lodges in his life. Hogarth designed a jewel to be worn by Grand Stewards, with their own jewel of office to be suspended from a crimson ribbon and their aprons lined and edged in the same colour.

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