Dating hogarth prints
Created at the beginning of the French and Indian War (also termed the Seven Year's War) an invasion from France seemed probable.
William Hogarth thus used this pair of engravings ("France" Plate I & "England" Plate II), to boost public morale.
With such items he is preparing to convert the British to Catholicism.
Behind him is a grouping of French soldiers, representing such states as starvation and fanaticism.
During the following decades he both painted and engraved individual works and sets of images which forged the cornerstone for English satirical art.
He later took up oil painting, starting with small portrait groups called conversation pieces.
He went on to create a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs, but based on earlier Italian prints, of which the first was 'The Harlot's Progress' (1731), and perhaps the most famous 'The Rake's Progress'.
Hogarth was born in London, the son of an unsuccessful schoolmaster and writer from Westmoreland.
After apprenticeship to a goldsmith, he began to produce his own engraved designs in about 1710.