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Duration: 1 hour

Andrew Graham-Dixon chronicles British art in the 18th century. He reveals how William Hogarth used an orphanage to lure affluent patrons, while Joshua Reynolds betrayed his ideals as his portraits of aristocrats and prostitutes made him wealthy. He discovers the tricks and tantrums involved in Reynolds' long battle with Thomas Gainsborough, and explains how years spent dissecting rotting horse carcasses led George Stubbs to one of the greatest artistic discoveries since the time of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Wed 7 Feb 2007 23:25 BBC Two


Andrew Graham-Dixon
John Hay
Executive Producer
Kim Thomas
John Hay


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