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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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William Hogarth (Biographical details)

William Hogarth (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1697 - 1764)

Also known as

Hogarth, William


at the Golden Ball, corner of Cranbone Alley, Little Newport Street, London (c.1720) Leicester Fields Chiswick


Painter, draughstman and engraver; b. London 1697; d. there 1764; influential figure in London 1740s; son in law of Thornhill; trained as ornamental engraver and began career producing satirical prints; trained as painter at Vanderbank Academy; active as a painter friom 1728/9, specializing in portraits and genre to mid 1730s; engraved series of moral subjects 1732 'The Harlot's Progress'; secured copyright for next engraved series 'The Rake's Progress' 1735 (after paintings now at Soane Museum); upon death of Thornhill 1734 inherited equipment of Academy run by Thornhill and established St. Martin's Lane Academy; visited Paris 1743; turned to engraving and writing c. 1748-53, when he wrote 'The Analysis of Beauty'. Trade cards in Heal Collection. Heal,59.80 advertises "W. Hogarth Engraver at ye Golden Ball..." and is dated April 29th, 1720. Heal's annotations on mount: "There is a very similar card to this by Hogarth for J. Chapman, Land Surveyor & Engraver, Royal Academy, Pall Mall." Heal,59.81 is a print after a trade card by William Hogarth advertising "W. Hogarth Engraver" and dated April 29th, 1720. Heal's annotations on mount: "This print is from an original card. Original shop card of Hogarth, B.M. Hogarth's works 1850,0525.7. Size of original is 4" x 3" outside." Heal,59.82 advertises "Impression from a Silver Tankard, Designed and Engraved by Hogarth." Heal,59.83 is an original impression of a design on silver used here as a trade card. The mount includes an entry from a Sotheby's auction catalogue (Sotheby's 27 April 1914) stating "Impression from silver by W.Hogarth: The Design on the Silver Tankard at ye Spillers Head 1724, Original Impression. (1) Ireland, who illustrates this plate, says that the original was sold for £10 (see his 'Hogarth', p.77). It is certainly extremely rare, according to a note on Dr. Joly's copy (previously Lord Charmont's) only six impressions were known to him." Heal's annotations on mount: "Ex Coll. J.E.Hodgkin...Lord Charlemont's copy was cut round irregularly just as this one (Hodgkin's note). See p:77 of Ireland's 'Graphic Illustrators.. Original impression - very scarce."