The Lottery, by William Hogarth (1697–1764), is an engraved satire denouncing the greed, folly and disillusion of those who took part in state-sponsored lotteries in the hope of making a quick and easy fortune.
The print was first published in 1724, around three years after its sister engraving The South Sea Scheme appeared. Both prints use familiar London landmarks and classical allegories to satirise the evils of financial speculation. The Lottery is set in the Great Hall at the Guildhall, where state lotteries were traditionally drawn with much pomp and ceremony.
- Article by:
- Clare Walcot
- Transforming topography, Town and city
Clare Walcot explores the significance of the London landmarks depicted by William Hogarth in his printed satires on speculative finance