Simon Lord Lovat
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
RA Collection: Art
Portrait of Simon Fraser, eleventh Lord Lovat, Jacobite conspirator, sat at a desk on which rest his 'Memoirs'. After his arrest in 1746 Lovat was brought to London for trial. On the way he stopped briefly in St Albans, where William Hogarth arranged to meet him at the White Hart Inn and to interview and draw him. The result of the meeting was this famous print, published while Lovat was lodged in the Tower of London. The print was much in demand and was the source of numerous contemporary copies.
On 9 April 1747 he became the last man in England to be beheaded. The crowd for Lovat's execution was huge, and Paulson compares it with Hogarth's depiction of the execution of the idle apprentice Tom Idle in plate eleven of his Industry and Idleness (17/3534).
336 mm x 223 mm
Hogarth's prints. Vol. I. - [s.l.]: [n.d.]
Start exploring the RA Collection
- Explore art works, paint-smeared palettes, scribbled letters and more...
- Artists and architects have run the RA for 250 years.
Our Collection is a record of them.