I'm frank in acknowledging that this series meets little enthusiasm here. The ""English masters of black and white"" are, in the main, little known and appreciated, or- in the case of Du Maurier (and previously, of Tenniel and Cruikshank)- they are known as traditions rather than living masters, but seem dated and outmoded. However, in a rounded art library, these books probably meet a need. The biographical notes are well done, human, personal, with the emphasis on the men as much as their work. Each volume includes the better known as well as some previously unpublished drawings of the artists.