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31 May 2012

See Sir John Soane's Hogarth collection

The Sir John Soane Museum at Lincolns Inn Fields is a treasure trove of items, and among the most celebrated are the ones that hang in the picture room at the rear, Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress and An Election.

Over a number of pictures, the two collections tell two stories, firstly in A Rake’s Progress that of Tom Rakewell, a man who becomes consumed by a life of vice and self-destruction after inheriting vast wealth from his miserly father, and secondly in An Election, the story of an Oxfordshire contest at the General Election of 1754, which was mired in controversy. Best of all, you can view them for free right in the centre of London.

For more see here for A Rake's Progress and here for An Election.

^Picture © Copyright R Sones and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.^


  1. This house museum is one of the most amazing I have ever visited. Far too crowded with all Of Soane's treasures, of course, but that was Mrs's Soane's problem, not ours. How did he snaffle the two Hogarth series, by the way?

  2. I think it was the usual mix of a pile of money and lots of hard work...

  3. Visited Soanes house recently. I had forgotten just how fascinating it is. Sadly the whole house was not open to visitors as work on restoration was still in progress. Will go back later in the year to see the new rooms.

    I will warn people though, photography is not allowed within the house without prior agreement.