Many of us think of the ill-behaved celebrity and the tabloid splash as inventions of the modern world, but the antics of Premiership footballers and C-list soap stars are as nothing when set alongside the peccadilloes and hell-raising of 18th-century celebs.
The first flowering of the great age of newspapers and caricature gave us boozy Prime Ministers and party leaders who settled their political differences with duels in Hyde Park (when they weren’t gambling, or writing essays about farting); peers of the realm who sat the unburied corpses of their cherished mistresses at their dinner tables; entertainers who rode horses standing upright in the saddle, while wearing a mask of bees; and celebrity courtesans who ate 1,000-guinea banknotes stuffed into sandwiches, simply to make a point. Before it was dashed from their lips by the Victorian party-poopers, our Georgian forebears drank deep from the cup of life.
The GIN LANE GAZETTE will be a compendium of illustrated 'best bits' from a fictional newspaper of the latter 1700s. It will contain some of the most sensational headlines and true stories of the period. The presses will be presided over by inky-fingered hack Mr. Nathaniel Crowquill, the editor and proprietor, whose premises are located in Hogarth’s chaotic Gin Lane, and who has devoted fifty years to sniffing out scandal and intrigue. His drunken acolyte, Mr. Jakes, supplies merciless caricatures and engravings for every page. Sports reports, obituaries, fashion news, courtesans of the month, book reviews, and advertisements for bizarre - and often alarming – goods, services and entertainments will also feature in a riotous mélange of metropolitan mayhem.
I have spent fifteen years producing cartoons for clients such as the Sunday Telegraph, History Today and QI, and hope to give you an authentic flavour of the exuberance, debauchery, bravery, inventiveness, and eccentricity which characterise the Georgian world.
Prithee honour this beguiling Endeavour, apt to adorn any ATHENAEUM of the Annals of Ages, with YOUR WORSHIPS’ most gracious Patronage.
I am pleas’d to record that the great volume of Advertisements, plac’d in the pages of my Gazette by tradesmen, merchants, & Mountebanks, generated much welcome Revenue, & led happily to a renew’d acquaintance with Dr. SHINSAW. My erstwhile Mentor had left His Majesty’s Service, & establish’d himself as a Physician in our City, selling to our Patrons his Nostrum for Venereal Taints - known as Shinsaw’s Sovereign ELECTUARY - via our Gin-Lane premises. This prov’d a most lucrative Bargain.Read more...
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Presented as an anthology of news-sheet printings compiled by founder, editor and chief reporter of the Gin Lane Gazette, Mr Nathaniel Crowquill, the book takes you through the Georgian period giving deliciously gossipy insight into the characters, heroes, villains and mountebanks of the age, the scandals... (read more)
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