A summary history from 1700 to the 20th century, with examples of major paintings, and links to each of the detailed articles in this series.
Shipwreck in The Tempest, forgotten Impressionists, a threshing machine, a weekend on the River Seine, a pair of portraits of Thomas and Susan Eakins, a pair of clowns, and more.
Two of Hogarth’s later narrative series: Four Time of the Day, and Marriage A-la-Mode, were key in his new British narrative painting.
Hogarth devised series of paintings to tell moral stories entirely visually. A Harlot’s Progress and A Rake’s Progress broke new ground in British if not European painting.
Blocked by church doctrine, cultural shortcomings, lack of training and a preference for hiring established artists from continental Europe, narrative painting started with James Thornhill.