The First Bohemians

The First Bohemians

Life and Art in London's Golden Age

Book - 2013
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In the teeming, disordered, and sexually charged square half-mile centred on London's Covent Garden something extraordinary evolved in the eighteenth century. It was the world's first creative 'Bohemia'. The nation's most significant artists, actors, poets, novelists, and dramatists lived here. From Soho and Leicester Square across Covent Garden's Piazza to Drury Lane, and down from Long Acre to the Strand, they rubbed shoulders with rakes, prostitutes, market people, craftsmen, and shopkeepers. It was an often brutal world full of criminality, poverty and feuds, but also of high spirits, and an intimacy that was as culturally creative as any other in history. Virtually everything that we associate with Georgian culture was produced here. Vic Gatrell's spectacular new book recreates this time and place by drawing on a vast range of sources, showing the deepening fascination with 'real life' that resulted in the work of artists like Hogarth, Blake, and Rowlandson, or in great literary works like The Beggar's Opera and Moll Flanders.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2013
ISBN: 9781846146770
1846146771
0718195825
9780718195823
Branch Call Number: 942.107 Ga
Characteristics: xxvi, 484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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