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Hogarth, France and British Art
400 pages, paperback, 297 x 290 mm, 80 colour, 250 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978 0 955406 30 0
By Robin Simon
A radical reappraisal of the art and achievement of William Hogarth (1697–1764).
"[the book] has the air of brilliant performance about it, of the excitement of meticulous research and proved discovery [...] Simon has written with pace and passion the best book yet on Hogarth, encyclopaedic in its range of enquiry, utterly free of the jargon and nonsense of so much new art history." Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
"...startlingly original and well researched", Lucy Davies, The Daily Telegraph
"...a rich, invigorating and highy individual addition to Hogarth scholarship", Jenny Uglow, Daily Mail
"Robin Simon's brilliant tour de force of scholarship, encompassing an extraordinary range of material, not only provides anvivid pictture of all aspects of English cultural life in the 18th century, but succeeds in relating it to stimulating effect, and at every turn, connecting it to its French counterpart", William Palin, Country Life
Hogarth has long been viewed as an insular and chauvinistic individual, with a particular aversion to all things French. On the contrary, while Hogarth himself liked to project this image, his effective invention of British art was founded upon a profound knowledge of contemporary French art and theory. This lavishly illustrated book conjures up in great detail the French and wider European context within which Hogarth's art was formed.
Robin Simon examines the ways in which Hogarth interacted with and influenced his contemporaries not only in painting and print-making, but also in sculpture, poetry, the novel, the theatre, public life, art education, copyright law, music and opera. In this wide-ranging but richly detailed book, full of analyses of individual works, the author draws upon a mass of new material, with fresh analyses of Hogarth's most famous and less well-known works alike, opening a window on to one of the most creative and formative periods in British life.
The book is published to coincide with the major international Hogarth exhibition on view in Paris, London and Madrid.
Robin Simon, FSA, is Editor of The British Art Journal, having been Editor of Apollo magazine and a tenured university academic for many years before that. He is the author of many scholarly articles on British art, and his books include The Portrait in Britain and America (1987).
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