Life in Progress

Jacqueline Riding
AUD $39.99

A major new biography of one of Britain's best-loved artists.

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.

Author bio:

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).

Category: Visual arts
ISBN: 9781788163477
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: September 2021
Page Extent: 544
Format: Book
Subject: Biography: arts & entertainment