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19 May 11 - 26 May 11

The Rake's Progress

Henry Hudson



The Rake's Progress' is the final instalment of Hudson's Hogarth series, in which he transported eight large panels to a deserted warehouse near the Olympic site in London. The show follows on from 'Kappin', a solo exhibition held in 2009 at Trolley Gallery, and continues to draw from the best-loved of Britain's satirical artists.

From this exhibition, Plates 2, 3 and 8 were selected to be shown at Sir John Soane's Museum, the home of the original 'A Rake's Progress' - a series of eight paintings by William Hogarth.

"There is a pervasive sense of fear that is even more tangible in Hudson's plasticine clad canvases than in the original paintings. His work both subverts and celebrates Hogarth's original, adding his own story to a work which has become enmeshed in our culture, part of our national consciousness. He embellishes and exaggerates and makes these images from nearly three centuries ago alive for us again, inviting us to look just as acutely at the state of our nation today." - Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum