Born in London at the turn of the 18th Century, William Hogarth became one of the most iconic English painters, printmakers, pictorial satirists, social critics, and editorial cartoonists of his generation.
Often dubbed the mirror of 18th Century London, Hogarth's most notable works include, A Harlot's Progress, A Rake's Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".
Many of his most famous cartoons were depictions of everyday society in London and gave real insight into the lives of even the poorest communities in the capital.
In this documentary, Dan Cruickshank and Dr Angela McShane explore life and works of Hogarth, the father of satirical caricatures.