"Mr Hogarth himself, to whom she sat many years ago "

Self-Portrait - Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse
Public DomainSelf-Portrait - Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse - Credit: William Hogarth
William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter, printmaker, picture satirist, social critic, cartoonist and engraver.  His work ranged from realistic portraits to comic strip style prints called "modern moral subjects."  In 1757 he was appointed Serjeant Painter to the King.

He lived in an age when artwork was becoming increasingly commercial and available to the common man.  His novel approach was "painting and engraving modern moral subjects ... to treat my subjects as a dramatic writer; my picture was my stage."  As a ‘comic history painter,’ he often poked fun at the old-fashioned, down-trodden subjects of religious art in his paintings and prints, and favoured real-looking, modern characterisations rather than Grecian classical beauties.