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Colour scan of a lottery ticket with an engraving of A March to Finchley by William Hogarth, depicting banners, shields, guns and other objects of war piled on top of a plinth

Engraved subscription ticket printed for a lottery to acquire a print of A March to Finchley by William Hogarth in 1749-1750. The image depicts objects used in war. The original painting of A March of the Guards to Finchley was sold through the purchase of lottery tickets for 10s 6d and won by the Foundling Hospital, established only a few years earlier in 1741. Hogarth’s most famous moral works are The Harlot's Progress, 1731 and The Rake's Progress , 1735.

The Archives holds prints and artwork dating from the early 16th century to 1968, originally collected by Westfield College.

The collection includes etchings, mezzotints, engravings, dry point, lithograph, aquatint, sketches, and paintings. The art featured ranges from romanticism, English landscape and literary, Italian baroque to Russian impressionism and includes works by: Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815), John Constable (1776-1837), Eugene Delacroix (1708-1863), Thomas Frye (1710-1762), Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617), Francisco Goya (1746-1828), William Hogarth (1697-1764), Theodore von Holst (1810-1844), Giles Hussey (1710-1788), Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533), John Linnell (1792-1882), Carlo Maratta (1625-1713), John Martin (1789-1854), Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945), Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), Salvator Rosa (1615-1673), Paul Sandby (1731-1809).

The prints have been digitised and are accessible on the Archives Catalogue or via a link on the Digitised Records page.

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