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UPROAR!: Satire, Scandal and Printmakers in Georgian London | Alice Loxton
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**A brilliant new history of Georgian Britain through the eyes of the artists who immortalised it, by one of the UK's most exciting young historians** 'Alice Loxton is the star of her generation ... the next big thing in history' Dan Snow London, 1772: a young artist called Thomas Rowlandson is making his way through the grimy backstreets of the capital, on his way to begin his studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Within a few years, James Gillray and Isaac Cruikshank would join him in Piccadilly, turning satire into an artform, taking on the British establishment, and forever changing the way we view power. Set against a backdrop of royal madness, political intrigue, the birth of modern celebrity, French revolution, American independence and the Napoleonic Wars, UPROAR! follows the satirists as they lampoon those in power, from the Prince Regent to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Their prints and illustrations deconstruct the political and social landscape with surreal and razor-sharp wit, as the three men vie with each other to create the most iconic images of the day. UPROAR! fizzes with energy on every page. Alice Loxton writes with verve and energy, never failing to convince in her thesis that Gillray and his gang profoundly altered British humour, setting the stage for everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to Private Eye and Spitting Image today. This is a book that will cause readers to reappraise everything they think they know about genteel Georgian London, and see it for what it was - a time of UPROAR!
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Exceeded my set challenge of 20 chapters in 4 days.
Completing 3 books in total
Uproar (tagged) - 5 ⭐️
Cosmicomics - 4 ⭐️
All that she carried - 3⭐️
Still in progress - The Book of Night by Holly Black, which is great.

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This book has been an absolute delight to read and review. Alice Loxton has given us an insightful, witty and marvelous history of Georgian Britain never seen before. This is an incredible debut and it's so exciting to see a new female historian of such calibre.
We follow three young men, Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray and Issac Cruickshank from their enrolment at the Royal Academies to their established careers as satirists. ⬇

AllDebooks This time period yields an unending source of serious issues for their comment on the social, political and ethical events. There was war, Napoleonic and American Independence, Royal scandal: the madness of King George III and the outrageous behaviour of the Prince Regent and political drama. All of these were portrayed with savage wit and acumen. They were the memes of their time, with people crowding to see the new illustrations in the ⬇ 3w
AllDebooks of the publishers.

I enjoyed this so much, Loxton's writing is engaging, fun and astute. This will be on my books of the year list.
batsy This sounds so interesting! Stacked. 3w
AllDebooks @batsy absolutely fascinating, I loved it 3w
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