London: Published by the author, 1782. Second edition completely revised and greatly expanded. Hardcover. Large octavo. V, , 474, pp. Contemporary full calf with gold lettering and ruling on spine. Previous owner's Ex-libris on inside of front cover (Seumas O'Sullivan*). Illustrated half-title. Vignette on title. A definite book on the life and work of Hogarth which provides an insight into the life of a man who was involved with many famous contemporary figures and had entrées into many strata within society including such 'organisations' as "The Hellfire Club." John Nichol's detailed attentions to the historical facts of the day enliven and educate this fascinating portrait of the famous British artist. Binding rubbed along edges. Closed tear at upper front joint. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in very good condition. fair to vg. Item #38608
* Seumas or Seamus O'Sullivan, real name James Sullivan Starkey, (1879-1958) was an Irish poet and editor of The Dublin Magazine. He was born in Dublin and spent his adult life in the suburb of Rathgar. In 1926 he married the artist Estella Solomons, sister of Bethel Solomons. His books include Twilight People (1905), Verses Sacred and Profane (1908), The Earth Lover (1909), Selected Lyrics (1910), Collected Poems (1912), Requiem (1917), Common Adventures (1926), The Lamplighter (1929), Personal Talk (1936), Poems (1938), Collected Poems (1940), and Dublin Poems (1946). His father William Starkey (1836-1918), a physician, was also a poet and a friend of George Sigerson. He was a friend of most of the leading literary figures in Dublin, including William Butler Yeats, James Stephens and George William Russell, but he was inclined to be quarrelsome, largely due to his heavy drinking. Even the kind-hearted Russell admitted that "Seumas drinks too much"; Yeats' verdict was that "the trouble with Seumas is that when he's not drunk, he's sober ".
About the artist: William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects". Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian"