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Join us for this evening with Alice Loxton talking about her book UPROAR!: Scandal, Satire and Printmakers in Georgian London.
'Alice Loxton is the star of her generation ... the next big thing in history'
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.
Alice Loxton's writing fizzes with energy on every page, and never fails to convince us 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!
Alice Loxton is an award-winning historian, author and presenter, best known for her lively and accessible presentations of history.
Alice is an in-house writer and presenter at History Hit TV, where she regularly presents history documentaries on a wide variety of topics with pizazz and daring. Recently she has presented whilst abseiling down the facade of Wells Cathedral, rowing across a National Trust lake, and climbing the scaffolding of Salisbury Cathedral. She is experienced interviewing esteemed historians and experts, and has presented multiple times with the likes of Dan Snow and Dan Cruikshank.
Alice is also a keen writer. In addition to her debut non-fiction book, ‘UPROAR!’, she has also written about history for major publications such as The Telegraph and Country Life Magazine, and writes articles and a weekly newsletter for History Hit.