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Life in Progress

Jacqueline Riding



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14 September 2021
On a warm Friday night in 1732, a rowdy group of friends set out from a pub. They are beginning a 'peregrination' that will take them through the scurrilous streets of Georgian London and down the 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 work has come to define early-Georgian Britain; and it speaks to us with equal relevance today. Here, for the first time in over twenty years, Jacqueline Riding brings the artist - and his world - to vivid and detailed life. Following in his own footsteps, Hogarth illuminates an ambitious self-made man, a philanthropist, satirist, devoted husband and an artist who aspired to the highest principles even while charting humanity's lowest vices.
By:   Jacqueline Riding
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 47mm
Weight:   981g
ISBN:   9781788163477
ISBN 10:   1788163478
Pages:   520
Publication Date:   14 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr 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), Peterloo (2018) and Wash Westmoreland's Colette (2018).

Reviews for Hogarth: Life in Progress

If you are not familiar with the particular genius of Hogarth, this is the book through which to discover it. And if you are a fellow Hogarth fanatic then you are in for an exquisite treat. This is a special book that drops you heart first into Hogarth's world - like the great man's canvasses, it is full of richness, originality and considered humour, unafraid to shock with thrilling new insight -- Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of V&A East and Professor of Practice, SOAS Praise for Peterloo: 'A superb account of one of the defining moments in modern British history' -- Tristram Hunt Careful, closely researched ... Riding does a fine job of putting the event into context * Sunday Times * Peterloo is one of the greatest scandals of British political history ... Jacqueline Riding tells this tragic story with mesmerising skill -- John Bew, author * Citizen Clem * Clear-minded and readable ... Riding reprints contemporary satirical cartoons between her chapters which remind us of the rich radical visual culture of this period and its importance to the growth of democratic thinking * Times Literary Supplement * In this marvellous and timely new biography, Jacqueline Riding makes sensitive and imaginative use of a wide range of often difficult and neglected sources, offering in the process a vivid and compelling reconstruction of the settings of Hogarth's life and artistic achievements, and of the nature of the man -- Linda Colley, author * The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World *

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