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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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Alice Loxton


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.


‘Alice Loxton is the next big thing in history’
Dan Snow

‘Vivid, pacey and endlessly engaging, this brilliant debut brings the late Georgian period dazzlingly to life. Irresistible stuff.’
Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre

‘A rollicking ride through late 18th century Britain in all its effervescent rudeness and hilarity. Hugely entertaining.
Dr Linda Porter

‘Alice Loxton’s analysis of Georgian England is razor sharp, witty and engaging. An appropriately “laugh out loud’ history of the age of satire.’
Helen Carr

‘Alice Loxton is a whirlwind of historical energy and UPROAR! is a sensational debut, which marks her out as one of the brightest new stars of popular history’
Dan Jones, author of Powers and Thrones

‘Loxton writes with a terrific sense of time and place. She delivers Georgian Britain in a bold modern manner, with plenty of bounce.’
Franny Moyle, author of Desperate Romantics

‘Alice Loxton heads the charge of an exciting new generation of historians – this is an exuberant, iconoclastic and, yes, uproarious debut.’
Jessie Childs, author of The Siege of Loyalty House

‘Witty, well written and full of wonderful detail, ‘Uproar’ is a glorious read. A whistle-stop tour through the tumultuous eighteenth century, Loxton made me howl with laughter along the way. Her insights into the art, culture and down-right gossip of the time makes this a unique book.’
Dr Janina Ramirez

‘As wittily subversive and deeply entertaining as the material it details, Alice Loxton’s Uproar is a delightful romp through the colourful and controversial eighteenth century. Loxton has built a time-machine in a book, and invited us all along for a ride. I would suggest you hop in!’
Joanne Paul, author of The House of Dudley

‘Alice lives and breathes history – it’s almost uncanny. I think she may have come from the past’
Dr Sam Willis, author of The Struggle for Sea Power

‘A vivid history of Georgian satire’
New Statesman

‘Loxton’s bringing together of Thomas Rowlandson, Isaac Cruikshank and James Gillray to tell the “tumultuous” history of late-eighteenth-century caricature is informed and intelligent.’
New Statesman

‘Excellent study, rich in delightful anecdotes and amusing details… According to Loxton “British humour has never been the same since”. It’s remarkable that, as she points out, before now there has not been a book for the general reader on these influential figures. But Loxton rectifies that with her splendid and wonderfully readable study: a brilliant portrait of London life and some of the city’s most distinctive and witty artists.’
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