William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter and engraver famous for his satirical pictures, as in his series The Rake's Progress and Beer Street and Gin Lane. His works showed the effects of alcoholism, poverty and immorality in the English eighteenth century.
Frequently these confiscated possessions ended up in the private collections of senior members of the Nazi party. One such collection was that of Herman Goering (also spelled Göring), which held over 2000 individual stolen pieces, including 300 priceless paintings.
Items were also stolen from museums across Europe. Many works of art were discovered in a salt mine in Germany after the war. It is believed that there are still unclaimed safe deposit boxes and Swiss bank accounts belonging to Nazis convicted of war crimes, which contain the last of the thefts from World War II.