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Hogarth: A Life and a World

Jenny Uglow

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ISBN : 9780374528515
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794 pages
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A landmark account of the great English artists tumultuous life and timesWilliam Hogarth (1697-1764) was perhaps Londons greatest and best-known chronicler. The exuberant expansion and upheavals of city life furnished him with the subjects of theMoreA landmark account of the great English artists tumultuous life and timesWilliam Hogarth (1697-1764) was perhaps Londons greatest and best-known chronicler. The exuberant expansion and upheavals of city life furnished him with the subjects of the elaborate prints that made him famous, and that remain our finest and most fantastic visual record of eighteenth-century England.Evoking Hogarths fierce nationalism, his philanthropic vision, and his antagonistic dance with Londons artists and patrons, Jenny Uglows acclaimed biography crackles with vitality and sparkles with insights (Michael Holroyd). In the company of his friends and peers--Swift, Gay, Pope, and the rest--Hogarth burned to expose hypocrisy and yearned to be recognized as a painter in the grand old tradition. In decoding his works details and damning references--to craven leaders and corrupt institutions, and the beloved, tragicomic tribulations of rakes, harlots, and common citizens--Uglow breathes life into his accomplishment and his thwarted ambition, showing herself at every turn in sympathetic rapport with Hogarth the man (P.N. Furbank, The New York Review of Books).