"No one working in any field that Hogarth touched can afford not to begin with Paulson's splendid book."
Times Literary Supplement
"Beyond question, Professor Paulson's commentary will remain the most influential well into the next century."
The Sunday Telegraph
"To say that Paulson writes with authority would be an understatement; when it comes to Hogarth, Paulson is authority."
"This is the definitive work and, barring almost inconceivable future scholarly finds, will remain the definitive work."
Art in America
Studies in English Literature
"Paulson's new trilogy is a substantial and brilliant revision of his original masterpiece."
Linda Colley, in The Observer
"Paulson's study is densely packed with well-researched facts, and he evokes a strong sense of period and of the cultural milieu of London during the first part of the eighteenth century ... Hogarth reused props in different pictures. Paulson is excellent when describing these props and their significance."
"These very thoroughly researched books give us as much understanding of society, politics and life in England in the first half of the 18th century as they do about Hogarth ... Presented in a well-organised way, and with a firm grasp of the balance that must be found between the literary and pictorial content of Hogarth's art."
The Art Book Review
"This is an astonishing book, and I don't know when I last read anything on the 18th century from which I learned as much. It is a quite remarkably full chronicle of Hogarth's life, based on the exhaustive information Paulson has exhumed from manuscript records, from newspapers, and from the writings of his contemporaries ... Nothing so ambitious has been attempted for any other British artist of the period, and no one else would have the range of learning necessary to make the attempt."
John Barrell, in London Review of Books, Vol 16, No 7