Details from Hogarth’s The March of the Guards
Hearing Hogarth 4: Grenadiers & Lowlifes

Hearing Hogarth 4: Grenadiers & Lowlifes

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
28 Jul 2019
  • Talks
Discover the darker side of Georgian London and the Grenadier Guards

14.00 | Free with museum admission

The fourth in our series of paired talks, a format designed to reflect the duality at the heart of Hogarth’s masterpiece, The March of the Guards to Finchley.

Hogarth is known for capturing the life of London, including those living at the margins and existing hand to mouth as street traders, thieves and prostitutes. Jake Arnott will talk about lowlife Georgian London, as portrayed in his acclaimed novel The Fatal Tree. At the centre of Hogarth’s painting stands a Grenadier Guard, caught in a moment of indecision, between past and present, life and death, duty and desertion. Find out more about these elite soldiers who were called on to defend London from the advancing Jacobite army from Andrew Cormack.

Jake Arnott is the author of six novels including the bestselling and critically acclaimed The Long Firm that was adapted as an award-winning BBC2 drama serial. His most recent novel is The Fatal Tree, set in the London underworld of the 1720s.

Andrew Cormack PhD, FSA, FRHistS enjoyed a career in the curatorial aspects of military museums, briefly at the Imperial War Museum and for almost thirty-six years at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, from which he retired as Keeper of Fine Arts, Medals and Uniforms in December 2014.