Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1956 |

Hogarth Popularized

Hogarth's Progress by Peter Quennell. Viking. $6.50. Hogarth was himself a great popularizer, the first English artist to reach a mass audience, and it is fitting that this new account of his life and works should be addressed to the common reader. (If the common reader does not exist in this country, it is necessary, but difficult, to invent him; American popularizers suffer from the disadvantage of being unable to imagine an audience with predictable background and interests, and are driven to aim at the lowest common denominator.) Mr. Quennell is fortunate in being able to take for granted the existence of common readers in England who may be addressed as equals by the cultivated amateur. The resulting popularization is so good that specialists will regard it with envious delight rather than with condescension. Mr. Quennell has not turned up any new facts, nor does he have any new interpretations of Hogarth or his works to propose; the outlines of Austin Dobson's biograph

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