London at Noon


The artist William Hogarth is famous for his pictures of London street scenes, depicting the lives of both the rich and the poor. Black people frequently appear in his work.

Here we can see a Black man obviously at ease with his peers in the crowded London street of Hog Lane, Westminster. Hogarth captures the reality of street life - a child eats scraps off the ground while the overdressed rich ignore the squalor. This picture, entitled Noon, is part of a series, Times of the Day.

Guildhall Library 18050 (1738)
By courtesy of Guildhall Library, Corporation of London
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