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Statuette - William Hogarth

William Hogarth

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1765 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spang, Michael Henry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta, bronzed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 22, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 2

This terracotta is painted in bronze-coloured paint, so that it could function as a finished bronze statuette. It appears to be a posthumous portrait of the British painter Hogarth, perhaps for a memorial that was never executed. The urn on which the figure of Hogarth leans is inset with a medallion portrait inscribed with the name of one of the great artists of antiquity, Apelles. Other artists' tools are shown at the base of the urn, including a palette and brushes. The figure appears to be making a note or sketch in a notebook. Spang's lively figure style is related to the sculpture of Roubiliac, with whom he is known to have worked.

William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter, satirist, engraver and art theorist. Hogarth's first real success came in 1732 with a series of six morality pictures, The Harlot's Progress, first painted and then engraved. The Rake's Progress and numerous other 'modern moral subjects' followed.

Little is known of the artist Spang (active 1756; d. London 1762). He was a native of Denmark, but was in England from about 1756 until his death. He made chimneypieces for the four principal rooms at Kedleston, Derbyshire in 1759, and received some London commissions, such as three statues for the front of Lord Spencer's house in St. James's, London.

Physical description

Statuette, terracotta, bronzed. Portrait figure of William Hogarth, sketch-book in hand, standing near an urn.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1765 (made)


Spang, Michael Henry (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta, bronzed


Height: 47.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Herr K.A.V. Schmid- Ciazynski, Crakow (formerly of Trafalgar Square, Fulham Road, London) in 1885.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronzed terracotta, William Hogarth, by Michael Henry Spang, England, ca. 1765

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 155. cat. no. 210.
Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, (revised edition, first published London 1953), London, 1968, p. 361





Subjects depicted

Tools; Urn; Brushes; Palette




Sculpture Collection

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