Sadly, the Club owns no paintings by William Hogarth. Hogarth was one of the earliest major artists to take an interest in theatrical painting. His portrait of Richard III, circa 1745, (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), commemorates Garrick’s performance in the role at Goodman’s Fields Theatre in 1741. It was the performance that effectively launched Garrick’s career. Hogarth had earlier painted a group of child actors performing Dryden’s “Indian Emperor, or the Conquest of Mexico” and made several versions of a scene from John Gay’s popular ballad-opera “The Beggar’s Opera”.