William Hogarth and Homelessness

fourtimesnight

Note the homeless people in lower left corner.

Source of Illustration: By William Hogarth – http://www.isu.edu/jhnsnbooks/18thCentury.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1578622

Conservative governments always seem to result in more homelessness. Funny coincidence, that. And what a shame the Labour Party can’t get into power and do something about it.

Even in Bethlehem 2000 years ago people offered space in a stable to the desperate. When William Hogarth portrayed rough sleepers in 1736, he was recording the reality of his time. Does it also have to be the reality of ours?

— Jonathan Jones

RECOMMENDED READING

Jonathan Jones: “Homelessness: no laughing matter for Hogarth – nor for us” (Guardian)

Centuries after William Hogarth created probably the first image of homelessness in British art in 1736’s Four Times of the Day, the image of people sleeping rough is one that is still all too depressingly familiar.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/dec/26/hogarth-homelessness-four-times-of-the-day

trumptower

Creator of Photo: photographer Paul Needham

RECOMMENDED READING

Ryan Grenoble: This Photo Of A Trump Billboard In Mumbai Is Real, And So Is The Dark Irony (Huffington Post)

Let them eat cake.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tower-billboard-mumbai-homeless_us_586813c3e4b0d9a5945bb091

Dan Evon: Trump Shillboard (Snopes)

An image purportedly shows a billboard for Trump Tower in Mumbai with homeless people sleeping in the street beneath it. STATUS: TRUE.

http://www.snopes.com/trump-tower-billboard-in-mumbai/

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