An Artists' Soirée–A Sketch at the Hogarth Club, from "The Graphic," p. 489

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Brewtnall, who designed this image, began his career drawing illustrations for "The Graphic," a popular London periodical. This wood-engraving shows members of London’s Hogarth Club, originally founded by former members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1858–61, then revived in the 1870s as alternate, semi-private exhibition space for those dissatisfied with how their works were hung at the Royal Academy. The club welcomed both artists and art-lovers, and James McNeill Whistler is shown leaning on the piano with Frederick Walker on the instrument's left (both have large mustaches). Since many of the men hold pipes, the occasion must be a "Smoking Concert," a popular type of all-male Victorian social event. Works hung densely on the walls affirm the Club’s function as an exhibition space.

An Artists' Soirée–A Sketch at the Hogarth Club, from "The Graphic," p. 489, William Harcourt Hooper (British, London 1834–1912 London), Wood engraving

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