Books: Master Phiz-Monger

HOGARTH'S PROGRESS (319 pp.]—Pefer Quennell—Viking ($6.50).

Time is the safest of chaperones. Peter Quennell, an Englishman of letters with a well-dressed mind and an impeccable literary accent, who presumably never hobnobs with the spivs, tarts and cosh artists of contemporary London, is nevertheless a knowing and fascinating guide among the harlots and bullies, the stews and sponging houses of 18th century London.

The first notable biography of William Hogarth in some 50 years provides the itinerary of Author Quennell's historical slumming tour. But his real subject is Hogarth's model, the alternately claret-flushed and...

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