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The Painter and his Pug
(Born London, 10 November 1697; died London, 25/26 October 1764). English painter and engraver, the outstanding British artist of his period. During his childhood, his father, a schoolteacher, was imprisoned for debt, and this early experience of the seamy side of life left a deep mark on Hogarth (much of his output is concerned with the contrast between success and failure, and he depicted prisons in several works).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)