Melody Rose for the Sir John Soane’s Museum

Introducing the new collaboration by Melody Rose with the Sir John Soane’s Museum, a range of four fine bone china plates and a teacup and saucer to accompany the upcoming Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition opening in October 2019.

Inspired by William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, the series of eight paintings created in 1734 tell the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who follows a path of vice and self destruction after inheriting a fortune from his miserly father, finally ending up deranged and penniless in Bedlam, after his failure to establish himself in society.

The paintings are not only a renowned work of art and social commentary but their cautionary tale still holds the same fascination, importance and relevance today.

For the project, the work is deconstructed to follow the story of several central characters highlighting moments of particular scandal and tears. It’s not all doom and gloom, there’s vice, humour and playfulness in the work which fit in well with the Melody Rose signature style giving a contemporary twist to the tale.

Based on ‘A Rake’s Progress’ 1732-1734 by William Hogarth
Copyright: Sir John Soane’s Museum.  Image used with permission of Sir John Soane’s Museum

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