Hogarth: A Life and a World
Faber & Faber (UK), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (USA) (2002)
‘Jenny Uglow is one of the most talented of contemporary biographers, Hogarth is her masterpiece.. She recreates Hogarth’s mercurial genius most dramaticall, as well as the turbulent and sophisticated world he inhabited. You can feel his presence in this book. It is a wonderful achievement’.
‘A sumptuous, thoughtful, treasure chest of a book. This is a biopgraphy 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, riotus – is thereby revealed in scenes which show the world both as carnival and as prison.
Peter Ackroyd, The Times
Shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize