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In a visual narrative sequence, a story is told either in a series of separate graphic works, or in a single work that includes several such incidents. On this page are links to four such sequential series  — Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, Northcote’s Diligence and Dissipation, Nahl’s The Idle Miner and the Industrious Miner, and Cole’s The Course of Empire — and two single works that encompass several events in time: Ghiberti’s Jacob and Esau and Rockwell’s Family Tree.

There are other such sequences, of course: films, animated cartoons, comic book, graphic novels, as well as classic photographic sequences such as Eadweard Muybridge’s studies in human and animal motion. For our purposes, though, we will look at work in the traditional artistic media: painting, sculpture and works on paper.

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William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress

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