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A Rake's Progress By William Hogarth

Duration: 03:16

David Dimbleby views William Hogarth's series of paintings entitled A Rake's Progress, which is housed at Sir John Soane museum in London.

This episode looks at the 18th century triumph of commerce that led to the emergence of a new 'middle' class, a group of people who craved pleasure and novelty, and developed its own tastes in art. The result was a golden age in painting, with Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough reinventing the British style.

The story ends in 1805 with the burial of Horatio Nelson, a commoner, at the heart of St Paul's: the supremacy of the middle class assured.

Available since: Mon 8 Mar 2010


David Dimbleby
Kate Misrahi
Kate Misrahi
Executive Producer
Basil Comely

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Seven Ages of Britain Age of Money

5/7 The story of Britain in the 18th century, as a new 'middle' class emerged.

First broadcast: 07 Mar 2010

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