In Focus Display: Hogarth and Copyright

24 September 2013 - 05 January 2014

Hogarth is commonly remembered as a great painter, engraver and satirist, but he was also a man with strong ideas about the nature of art and the place of the artist in society. This display explores Hogarth’s role in the passage of the 1735 Engravers’ Copyright Act, also known as “Hogarth’s Act”. The first law to protect artists’ rights over their work, it marked a fundamental shift in the development of what we now call “intellectual property”.


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