To accompany the exhibition Hogarth: Place and Progress, which will unite all of the paintings and engravings in Hogarth’s series for the first time, Sir John Soane’s Museum has commissioned Sue Timney to create a range of products inspired by The Rake’s Progress.
Taking a playful and contemporary approach, the design features elements from all eight paintings in the series to create a new work: ‘A Rake Divided’ – an approach that requires multiple viewings and creates some witty juxtaposition.
Sue has worked with the Museum previously, curating their ‘Inspired By Soane’ stand at the UK’s premier luxury interior design event, Decorex, in 2018.
“Hogarth originally served not just to tell (and mock) the tale of a life well-lived, but also of the philanthropic opportunities squandered due to the Rake’s self-serving interests that couldn’t be resisted. That is why we chose to develop Hogarth imagery of the Rake’s lifestyle as The Rake Divided: His divided personal life, decisions, passions and urges ultimately pull him down. This is all represented through the use of collage which is of course a technique that suits the term divided all too well.
The mixture of clean outline cuts and rougher linear edges gives a scrapbook feel whilst existing as a brand-new new digital composition. This serves to highlight where different elements from differing paintings have crossed over and where the narratives have combined to create new storylines.”
The design is featured across a variety of products from exquisite silk scarves to coasters, cushions and notebooks with prices ranging from £10.00 – £75.00.