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In the process of reading Ogée & Meslay’s introduction to the Tate Britain Hogarth exhibition catalogue last night, my tired eyes leapt into life at the sight of this passage, which provoked some connections with Daniel Raeburn’s commentary on Chris Ware.

[A Rake’s Progress and The Four Times of Day] confirmed his increasing mastey of the series as a pictorial format: in both cases meaning and narrative are generated not only by a highly innovative manipulation of figures, architecture and space within individual paintings and engravings; but also by the subtle pictorial relationships that he sets up between the different images that make up each series.

Frédéric Ogée & Olivier Meslay , Hogarth
London: Tate, 2006, p. 16

As usual, it was the occurence of the word architecture in a non-architectural text that caught my eye. On re-reading it, however, it seems there is a strong precedent for Ware’s skills as a sequential artist in William Hogarth. A similar appreciation of both micro scale of a single panel and the macro scale of the whole assemblage is undeniable both in Ware’s cartoons and Hogarth’s morality sequences.


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Click on the thumbnails to see (largely illegible) notes from my visit to the Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain.


William Hogarth
Marriage a la Mode: The Tete a Tete c1743
The National Gallery, London

This exhibition is open daily at Tate Britain, London until 29 April. I dropped by on Sunday morning en route to the Eurostar. I’m still ruminating, and will post some observations and thoughts soon.


    "no words no action" was an experiment in academic blogging. The blog recorded the progress of reading, research and investigations that lead to a Masters in Architecture dissertation at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2007. You can find out more about the author's interest in blogging here.

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    At the time that this blog was created, James Benedict Brown was a fifth year Masters of Architecture student at the University of Sheffield. James' personal blog is here.

    James graduated in 2008 and now lives and works in Glasgow.


    This project was supervised by Renata Tyszczuk at the University of Sheffield


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    I've managed to miss almost half a dozen compelling conferences around the world so far this year, simply because I have no (more) money to travel and no time to escape my studies in Strasbourg and Sheffield. However, if I had a magic plane ticket and plenty of time, here's my selection of essential conferences to attend. Hopefully I'll be there for more of them next year... click here for the diary (updated every time I miss another one).

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