Mr. Shipp is a prominent British art critic and historian and his quiet studies of European painters and painting have won him a good following. For this volume he has used some of the material from his former book The British Masters and enlarged it to include Scotch and Welsh painters. Chronological in outline and psychological in form the chapters are a run-through of British painting and painters from mediaeval times to the early 20th century and they view art and the artist as a part of everyday life. From this vantage point artistic comment is human rather than technical yet in the attention it pays to personal detail, it does not lose sight of significant main trends such as the foreign influence in the time of the Tudors, the Puritan dampeners after the artistically beneficial reign of Charles I, the moralizing of Hogarth, the spiritualism of Blake and so forth. A clear, at times vivid, study.