Martin Rowson

The lecture describes how Hogarth gave visual voice to the tide of satire that swept England during the English Enlightenment. This tide gathered its force and led, via Hogarth, to the cartoonists Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank by the end of the XVIII century. Laurence Sterne, in his turn, used satire in his humorous piece Tristram Shandy, the first famous anti-novel. Martin Rowson considers the intriguing coincidence that the first two volumes of the book were illustrated by William Hogarth himself.

The lecture took place on 2 June 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".


Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning British cartoonist and writer. He regularly contributes to The Daily Mirror, The Times, The Irish Times, The Spectator and many others. Rowson created graphic adaptations for such novels as Wasted Land by T.S. Eliot, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

His brilliant memoir STUFF was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Martin is a member of British Cartoonists' Association and for two terms was the vice-president of the Zoological Society of London.