William Hogarth: A Life and a World Paperback – 8 Apr 2002
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William Hogarth: A Life and a World by Jenny Uglow is a comprehensive study of the eighteenth-century and an unforgettable portrait of William Hogarth.
The paintings and engravings of William Hogarth, the subject of this biography, have always been popular, but outside art history little is known about his life. He moved in the worlds of theatre, literature, journalism and politics, and found subjects for his work over the whole gamut of 18th-century London, from street scenes to drawing rooms, and from churches to gambling halls and prisons. Hogarth was made wealthy by his engravings for "The Harlot's Progress", but remained highly critical of the growing gulf between the luxurious lives of the ruling elite and the wretched poverty of the masses. Swift described him as a "pleasant rogue", and he numbered the likes of Pope and Horace Walpole among his friends.See all Product description
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It is a lively description, bringing details of street and everyday life that I expect most of us need to be reminded of. The book is big and heavy, and for once I recommend the Kindle edition, which on an iPad provides large coloured images which the reader can enlarge. Yet another first class example of Jenny Uglow's skills.
Not only that, I had never been to a literature festival before, but when I heard Jenny Uglow would be at the Ilkley Literature Festival in September 2012, I just had to go. I was not disappointed. She talked about her latest book The Pinecone, which I also bought on Amazon (and which she signed for me). What a modest and fascinating author she is. I highly recommend anything at all written by her.John Lofting: 1
John Lofting: 1