Hogarth: A Life and a World
‘Jenny Uglow is one of the most talented of contemporary biographers, Hogarth is her masterpiece.. She recreates Hogarth’s mercurial genius most dramatically, as well as the turbulent and sophisticated world he inhabited. You can feel his presence in this book. It is a wonderful achievement.’Michael Holroyd
‘A sumptuous, thoughtful, treasure chest of a book. This is a biography to rush out and buy.’ John Carey, Sunday Times
She depicts the city at first hand, almost as if she herself had been wandering through Hogarth’s engravings. The real life of the period – drunken, violent, riotous – is thereby revealed in scenes which show the world both as carnival and as prison. Peter Ackroyd, The Times
With over 150 illustrations, this celebrated biography creates a portrait on both eighteenth-century London, and one of its principal and best loved chroniclers, William Hogarth – a great artist and a proud, stubborn and vulnerable man.
Shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize