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A Great and Monstrous Thing

London in the Eighteenth Century

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674073173

Publication Date: 02/28/2013


704 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

60 halftones, 13 maps

United States and its dependencies only

  • A Description of London [John Bancks, 1738]
  • Illustrations*
  • List of Maps**
  • Preface
  • Introduction: London 1700–1708
  • Part One: City
    • I. James Gibbs’s London, 1708–54
      • The Architect Most in Vogue: James Gibbs
      • ‘A Kind of Monster’: Growing London, 1720–54
      • Obstructions and Inconveniences: Changing London, 1700–54
    • II. Robert Adam’s London, 1754–99
      • ‘A Kind of Revolution’: Robert Adam
      • ‘We Have Done Great Things’: Improving London, 1754–99
      • The Mad Spirit of Building: London Growing, 1754–99
      • ‘An Epitome of a Great Nation’: London, 1799
  • Part Two: People
    • III. Samuel Johnson’s London—Britons
      • ‘London is Their North-Star’: Provincial Londoners
      • ‘Men Very Fit for Business’: North Britons
      • ‘Within the Sound of Bow Bell’: Cockneys and Citizens
      • ‘A Very Neat First Floor’: Living and Dying
      • ‘Take or Give the Wall’: Getting on Together
    • IV. Ignatius Sancho’s London—Citizens of the World
      • ‘Our Unfortunate Colour’: Black Londoners
      • ‘Foreign Varlets’: Europeans and Some Others
      • ‘Offscourings of Humanity’: Jewish Londoners
      • ‘Get Up, You Irish Papist Bitch’: Irish Londoners
  • Part Three: Work
    • V. William Beckford’s London—Commerce
      • ‘That Which Makes London to be London’: Trade
      • ‘Most Infamous Sett of Gamblers’: Money Matters
      • ‘They Swim into the Shops by Shoals’: Retail
      • ‘Clean Your Honour’s Shoes’: Streets
    • VI. Francis Place’s London—Industry and Labour
      • ‘Minute Movement and Miraculous Weight’: Made in London
      • Fellowship Porters, Lumpers and Snuffle-Hunters: Moving Things Around
      • High Life Below Stairs: Domestic Service
      • ‘At the Eve of a Civil War’: Masters and Men
    • VII. Eliza Haywood’s London—Print, Pictures and the Professions
      • ‘Purse-Proud Title-Page Mongers’: The Business of Words
      • ‘Overburdened with Practitioners’: Print and the Professions
      • ‘Painting from Beggars’: The Business of Pictures
  • Part Four: Culture
    • VIII. Teresa Cornelys’s London—Public Pleasures
      • ‘High Lords, Deep Statesmen, Dutchesses and Whores’: Carlisle House
      • ‘Down on Your Knees’: The Stage
      • ‘Sights and Monsters’: The Lions of London
      • No Equal in Europe: Pleasure Gardens
      • ‘Too Busy with Madam Geneva’: Drinking and Socialising
      • ‘This Extravagant Itch of Gaming’
    • IX. Martha Stracey’s London—Prostitution
      • ‘How Do You Do Brother Waterman?’: Prostitutes
      • ‘The Whoring Rage Came Upon Me’: Men and Prostitution
      • ‘Damn Your Twenty Pound Note’: Fashion and Vice
    • X. Mary Young’s London—Crime and Violence
      • The Republic of Thieves: Plebeian Crime
      • Virtue Overborn by Temptation: Genteel Crime
      • ‘Save Me Woody’: Violence
  • Part Five: Power
    • XI. The Fieldings’ London—Police, Prison and Punishment
      • Mr Fielding’s Men: Thief-Takers
      • ‘Pluck Off Your Hat Before the Constable’: The Parish Police
      • ‘Hell in Epitome’: Prison
      • ‘Low Lived, Blackguard Merry-Making’: Public Punishments
    • XII. Jonas Hanway’s London—Religion and Charity
      • Fear of God and Proper Subjection: Charity
      • Nurseries of Religion, Virtue and Industry: Governing the Poor
      • ‘To Resest ye World ye Flesh and ye Devell’: Religion
      • ‘No Hanoverian, No Presbyterian’: Religion and Politics, 1700–59
    • XIII. John Wilkes’s London—Politics and Government
      • ‘Wilkes and Liberty!’ 1760–68
      • ‘Life-Blood of the State’: City versus Court, 1768–79
      • Not a Prison Standing: The Gordon Riots, 1780
      • ‘I Would Have No King’: Revolution and Democracy, 1780–99
  • Afterword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations:
    • James Gibbs, c. 1747, after William Hogarth
    • Robert Adam, c. 1765, after a portrait in the RIBA
    • Samuel Johnson, c. 1780, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
    • Ignatius Sancho, c. 1770, after Thomas Gainsborough
    • William Beckford, engraving of the Guildhall monument, 1772
    • Francis Place, 1836, after a sketch by Daniel Maclise
    • Eliza Haywood, c. 1728, engraved by George Vertue after James Parmentier
    • Teresa Cornelys, c. 1765, artist unknown
    • The Young Wanton, c. 1770, published by Carrington Bowles
    • Brothel Thieves, 1735, William Hogarth, The Rake’s Progress, Pl. III
    • Henry Fielding, c. 1749, after William Hogarth, and Sir John Fielding, c. 1762, after Nathaniel Hone
    • Jonas Hanway, c. 1780, after James Bretherton
    • John Wilkes Esq., 1763, William Hogarth
  • ** Maps:
    • London in 1723
    • London in 1790
    • Strand, Fleet Street, 1761
    • Westminster, 1761
    • City and the Upper Port, 1761
    • St Clement Danes to Charing Cross, c. 1799
    • Fleet Street to St Paul’s Churchyard, c. 1740
    • Soho, 1761
    • Covent Garden and Drury Lane, c. 1795
    • Chick Lane, c. 1740
    • Covent Garden, c. 1740
    • Bloomsbury, 1761
    • Westminster to St George’s Fields, 1790

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