The First Bohemians: dissent, disorder and debauchery in 18th century Covent Garden

Thomas Rowlandson,  The Miseries of London, 1807 These days when we visit London we invariably stay at the Travelodge in Drury Lane. There, in Covent Garden, you’re at the heart of things, a walk gets you to innumerable places of interest, without having to descend into that ‘world of perpetual solitude, World not world’ that is the underground. So it … Continue reading The First Bohemians: dissent, disorder and debauchery in 18th century Covent Garden

City of Laughter: bawdy and scurrilous 18th century London

An engraving of a Caricature Shop, 1801 Recently I finished reading City of Laughter, Vic Gatrell’s exploration of the bawdy, scurrilous and totally disrespectful culture of Georgian London, vividly illustrated for us now through the popular prints of the time.  Gatrell begins as he means to go on, with an examination of Lady Worsley’s bottom.  The story provides a well-chosen … Continue reading City of Laughter: bawdy and scurrilous 18th century London

Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery

Self-portrait, 1954 Barely a month since seeing the Walker’s early Hockney exhibition, we enjoy a much bigger, comprehensive survey of David Hockney’s long and distinguished career as a printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  It’s a joyous celebration of his mastery of the techniques of etching and lithography, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of … Continue reading Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery