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New Book | Hogarth: Life in Progress

Posted in books by Editor on November 15, 2021

From Profile Books:

Jacqueline Riding, Hogarth: Life in Progress (London: Profile Books, 2021), 544 pages, ISBN: 978-1788163477, £30 / $40.

On a late spring night in 1732, a boisterous group of friends set out from their local pub. They are beginning a journey, a ‘peregrination’ that will take them through the gritty streets of Georgian London and along the River Thames as far as the Isle of Sheppey. And among them is an up-and-coming engraver and painter, just beginning to make a name for himself: William Hogarth.

Hogarth’s vision, to a vast degree, still defines the eighteenth century. In this, the first biography for over twenty years, Jacqueline Riding brings him to vivid life, immersing us in the world he inhabited and from which he drew inspiration. At the same time, she introduces us to an artist who was far bolder and more various than we give him credit for: an ambitious self-made man, a devoted husband, a sensitive portraitist, an unmatched storyteller, philanthropist, technical innovator, and author of a seminal work of art theory.

Following in his own footsteps from humble beginnings to professional triumph (and occasional disaster), Hogarth illuminates the work and life of a great artist who embraced the highest principles even while charting humanity’s lowest vices.

Jacqueline Riding is a historian and art historian specialising in British history and art of the long eighteenth century. Former curator of the Palace of Westminster and Director of the Handel House Museum, she is an award-winning author as well as a consultant for museums, galleries, historic buildings, and feature films. She was the adviser on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (2014) and Peterloo (2018) and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette (2018).

 

 

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