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Scoundrels

Scandal and Satire in Georgian London

A comic romp through the work and times of the print makers of the 1790s and 1800s, a tour through the bustling backstreets of Piccadilly, and a manifesto to return these creatives to the status of ‘national treasure’.

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Author
Alice Loxton

Synopsis

The story of the satirical printmakers of the 1790s and 1800s. Led by James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Isaac Cruikshank, it will show how, from the dimly lit taverns, drenched in alcohol, coffee and the stench of Georgian London, the young British artists of their era produced some of the most impactful, creative output Britain has ever seen.

Combining scathing wit, prolific daring and absurdism worthy of Dali, print makers could change the world with an image. The sole reason we think of Napoleon as a short man, is down to the work of James Gillray. According to Napoleon, a Gillray print was more effective than a dozen British generals.

With their pulse on the national mood, this network captured and articulated British humour, setting the precedent for how we laugh today.