Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Words and Pictures

Fascinating little book, this. Words and Pictures by Jenny Uglow examines the relationship between text and image in the various illustrated versions of Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress, compares Hogarth with Fielding and Wordsworth with Thomas Bewick, and finally asks whether the visions of artist and writer can cohere rather than "jostling for dominance" even if the two work closely together, like Dickens and Phiz. I can't say I had more than a passing interest in Bewick before, but I've just ordered Uglow's biography of him, as well as her book on the Lunar Society.

William Blake, I want! I Want!, 1793

William Hogarth, Gin Lane, 1751

Thomas Bewick, Barn Owl, 1847

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