Left: William Hogarth, 'Noon'

Left: William Hogarth, 'Noon'

Left:
William Hogarth
'Noon'
1738
Engraving and etching
Forster Collection F.118 (68)
© The Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Right:
Beatrix Potter
Frontispiece for The Tailor of Gloucester
1903
© Frederick Warne & Co. 2006

Here, Potter based her illustration on a London street scene by William Hogarth (1697-1764). She used the painting to establish the period setting of her story, even picking out details of the gentleman’s attire.