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In his series of paintings 'Four Times of The Day', William Hogarth portrayed London as a divided city, where high society rubbed shoulders with the capital’s grimy and chaotic underclass.

Hogarth abandoned artifice to take a humorous look at ‘urban life in the raw', depicting drunks, beggars, immigrants and whores, jostling on the busy streets of 18th century London.
This clip is from:
A Picture of London
First broadcast:
26 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as an introduction to William Hogarth or to start a wider discussion about how artists portray urban life. Pupils could also be given a copy of each painting from the series 'Four Times of The Day' and asked to interpret what is happening in each picture.

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