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Roger Hilton is today considered one of Britain's pioneer abstract artists, though he was thought a controversial figure in the art world in his day. In Part 1, Lambirth (art critic, the Spectator; Maggi Hambling: The Works) traces Hilton's life in London from 1911 to 1955: his early family life, his student years in Paris, and his time in military service. In Part 2, he discusses Hilton's life and work in Cornwall through his death in 1975. Early on, Hilton developed a defined style, which by the 1950s had become what he called "semi-figurative expressionism." By the 1960s, his work was more widely known, and he was recognized as a major artistic figure. Lambirth examines Hilton's odd personal life and his growing dependence on alcohol. The volume is rich in illustrations (230, most in color) of Hilton's quality work from all stages of his career that clearly demonstrate the evolution of his style. Though carefully researched and easy to read, the work would have benefited from citations indicating the sources of Lambirth's quotations and other information; also, the index is much too short to be of any real use. Nevertheless, this is an important study of a leading British artist that belongs in every art library.