City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London

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Walker, 2007 - 696 pàgines

Between 1770 and 1830, London was the world's largest and richest city, the center of hectic social ferment and spectacular sexual liberation. These singular conditions prompted revolutionary modes of thought, novel sensibilities, and constant debate about the relations between men and women. Such an atmosphere also stimulated outrageous behavior, from James Boswell's copulating on Westminster Bridge to the Prince Regent's attempt to seduce a woman by pleading, sobbing, and stabbing himself with a pen-knife. And nowhere was London's lewdness and iconoclasm more vividly represented than its satire.

City of Laughter chronicles the rise and fall of a great tradition of ridicule and of the satirical, humorous, and widely circulated prints that sustained it. Focusing not on the polished wit upon which polite society prided itself, but rather on malicious, sardonic and satirical humor—humor that was bawdy, knowing and ironic—Vic Gatrell explores what this tradition says about Georgian views of the world and about their own pretensions. Taking the reader into the clubs and taverns where laughter flowed most freely, Gatrell examines how Londoners laughed about sex, scandal, fashion, drink and similar pleasures of life.

Combining words and images–including more than 300 original drawings by Cruikshank, Gillray, Rowlandson, and others—City of Laughter offers a brilliantly original panorama of the era, providing a ground-breaking reappraisal of a period of change and a unique account of the origins of our attitudes toward sex, celebrity and satire today.

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Picture Acknowledgements
17
LADY WORSLEYS BOTTOM
17
of all Parties 1786 285 x 382
17
London and the Pleasure Principle
23
Hogarth Night 1738 440 x 369
39
Rowlandson Miseries of London fight 1807 81 x 167
46
THE WEST OR WORST END
61
Laughing Politely
159
The Long View
417
Seymour The March of Intellect 1829 250 x 321
422
George Cruikshank London Going Out of Town 1829
423
Isaac Cruikshank The Renunciation of an Ex Noble now become a Republican SansCulotte Citizen 1794 327 223
426
Leech Enter Mr Bottles the Butler from Pictures of Life and Character 1854 175 x 130
427
Rowlandson The Road to Preferment through Clarkes Passage 1809
428
George Cruikshank A Gentleman Intended for the Bar and Practising at the Bar 1828
430
The Age of Cant
435

The Tree of Life
295
Philosophy and Raking
314
THE LIBERTINES LAST FLING
388
Rowlandson The Hairy Prospect or the Devil in a Fright c 1800
391
Rowlandson The Curious Wanton c 1800
392
Wigstead Rowlandson The Detection 1785
393
Rowlandson The Old Husband c 1800
394
Rowlandson Chaos is Come Again 1791 290 x 419
395
Rowlandson The Chamber of Genius 1812 214 x 287
397
Rowlandson The Modern Pygmalion c 1800
398
Rowlandson Connoisseurs 1799 244 x 195
399
Rowlandson The Examination c 1800
400
Rowlandson The Farewell c 1800
401
Rowlandson Rural Felicity or Love in a Chaise c 1800
402
Rowlandson The Harem c 1800
403
Rowlandson Lord Barr res Great Bottle Club c 1800
404
Cawse He has Locked Up all my Treasure 1800 254 x 387
405
Anon Introduction 1793
407
Gillray Push Pin 1797 208 x 276
408
Gillray Sandwich Carrots Dainty SandwichCarrots 1797 360 x 255
412
George Cruikshank A Dandy Fainting or An Exquisite in Fits Scene a Private Box at the Opera 1818 219 321
443
Marks The Wish c 1821
444
Rowlandson The Man of Feeling 1788
445
Anon Imitation BankNote c 1811 83 159
451
Gillray The Friend of Humanity and the knifeGrinder Scene The Borough
463
Colley? The Vicar and Moses 1782 246 x 240
471
Williams City Scavengers Cleansing the London Streets of Impurities 1816
477
RADICAL SATIRE AND THE CENSORS
483
Newton Soulagement en Prison ink and watercolour 1793 488 237 Newton Soulagement en Prison ink and watercolour 1793
489
Rowlandson The Bishop and his Clarke or a Peep into Paradise 1809
497
George Cruikshank The Age of Reason or the World turned Topsyturvy
540
Anon A Snug Meeting to Get up an UltraLoyal Address or a Peep
546
Smith Beggar from Vagabondiana or Anecdotes of Mendicant
557
Robert Cruikshank Courtiers Carousing in a Cadgers Ken 18256
567
Francis Place and Improvement
574
Looking Northward detail
587
Brief Lives
597
Abbreviations in Notes
605
Select Bibliography
668
Index of Artists works
690

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Sobre l'autor (2007)

Vic Gatrell is a professor of British history at the University of Essex, a life fllow of Gonville and Caius College, and a member of the Cambridge history faculty. He lives in Cambridge.

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