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  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486224791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486224794
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 11 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All hail the Dover Thrift!
G. Mosley
Sean Shesgreen provides the (absolutely) necessary background and explanitory information to understand the pictures.
Bernhard W. Hoff
Large pictures of engravings make it possible to see every small detail.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bernhard W. Hoff on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
The large size of the pages (11X14)allows the reader to appreciate the quality and detail of Hogarth's work. Beyond the artistic merit of the engravings, I have found them to be of great value in understanding England of the 1700's. As it is said, "a picture is worth a thousand words". This is especially true with Hogarth, who was as much a humorist and social commentator as he was an artist. Sean Shesgreen provides the (absolutely) necessary background and explanitory information to understand the pictures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Mosley on May 8, 2011
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All hail the Dover Thrift!

Sean Shesgren's notes for this edition are excellent. While reading Jenny Uglow is necessary for those wanting great depth on Hogarth, Shesgren offers historical context, allegorical notes, and a biographical placement. On top of that, the Dover folks continue to give a good printing, good binding, and fabulous prints, in folio, for a great price.

Whether you know Hogarth from a hog or not, this is a book to own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Acrophobe on April 10, 2013
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Dover's edition of Hogarth's Engravings consists of 28 pages of text (preface, introduction, artist biography, plate list, bibliography), 200 pages of art with critical notes, and a 3-page index. Most, if not all, of Hogarth's best known engravings and etchings are inside, including the multi-plate series Hudibras, Harlot's Progress, Rake's Progress, Industry and Idleness, Four Stages of Cruelty, Four Prints of an Election, Before and After, Beer Street and Gin Lane, and others, for a total of 100 images (technically, more like 110, as some sketches are also included).

The image quality overall is very good. Lines are well-defined with few artifacts. Only about 10% of the images are reproduced at full size, but it's not an issue for me. As it is, the book is a rather unwieldy 11"x13.5", one of the largest in Dover's fine art series. Hogarth's original engravings are generally quite large (on average 10"x15", and up to 16" x 22"), and the average reproduction in this book is about 75% size, a fine compromise to appreciate the details.

Hogarth was a supremely talented caricaturist, who composed images much more like a painter than most modern caricaturists or political cartoonists. The full extent of his engraving abilities is apparent in his self-portraits and more close-up intimate scenes, in which his figures are remarkably lifelike. Most of his engravings are jam packed with detail from top to bottom, foreground to background. He actually tells a cogent story with room for interpretation, much removed from the typical one-note jokes and simple compositions we see in modern caricatures. His influence on Goya's etchings decades later, in terms of subject matter, humor, and technique, is readily apparent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on May 14, 2007
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Hogarth is the best. His rich images of the moral underbelly of London are as resonant today as they ever were. The level of draftsmanship is high. The many symbolic details are superb. The plotlines combine moral outrage with lurid vouyerism with smirking satire - Bret Easton Ellis should have spent forty years as a Hogarth scholar before attempting to write his first book. This edition is cheap and large, with commentary that is a pleasure to read. I recommend it to anyone.
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