06 June 2014 - 07 September 2014

To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake’s Progress.  David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, 1961-3, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy, 1998, and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary, they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation.

Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth and urban living this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.



Tote Bags

To accompany Progress, Foundling Fellows Grayson Perry and Yinka Shonibare MBE have created designs for tote bags, which are available exclusively at the Foundling Museum for the duration of the exhibition. Price: £13.95. 



Limited Edition Prints

Two of the artists, Jessie Brennan and Yinka Shonibare MBE have created limited edition prints to accompany the Progress exhibition. 

Shonibare has created a limited edition print of his fantastic ‘Party Boy’ design to accompany the exhibition. Each print in the exclusive edition of 30 is beautifully hand finished, numbered and signed by the artist. 

Jessie Brennan, commissioned by the Foundling Museum to produce a fourth contemporary response to Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress for the exhibition, explored progress as a concept through urban gentrification. The third work from her new series ‘A Fall of Ordinariness and Light’ is issued as a limited edition print. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist. 


Yinka Shonibare MBE

Party Boy, 2014

Size 575mm x 425mm, unframed

Somerset Enhanced 255gsm, digital pigment print, hand deckled all round, silkscreen size & hand gild in 24ct gold leaf to balloon detail.

Each unique: the artist has hand-applied different fabrics to each edition

Edition of 30

Price £1,250



Jessie Brennan

The Enabling Power from ‘A Fall of Ordinariness and Light’, 2014

Size 540mm x 420mm, unframed

Edition of 50

Price £150



Both prints available exclusively from the Foundling Museum.


For more information about any of our artist-designed products and to make a purchase, come into the Museum, call us on 020 7841 3600, or email


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