No one could be more fitted to portray the life of the great 18th century English painter than Quennell who has already shown in his Four Portraits: Studies of the Eighteenth Century a special affection for this period. Hogarth, the son of an impecunious school teacher, was in every sense a self-made man. Great artist that he was, he lacked any gift for delicate introspection, was part of the coarse, hearty enthusiasms of the age. His paintings, A Rake's Progress, Marriage a la Mode, etc. were to record its rowdy spirit with a sharp souse of realism. What gives this biography its particular insight is that Quennell discerns under the rough externals Hogarth's true sensibility and growth as an artist, from the early genre pictures to the final masterpiece- The Shrimp Girl which foreshadows the impressionists which were to come many years later..... A revealing and rewarding study, its appeal may be limited by the quiet undramatic nature of Hogarth's life and perhaps the period- which is a special taste and enthusiasm.