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The First Bohemians: the Artists of Eighteenth-Century Covent Garden

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  • UserProf. Vic Gatrell, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Modern British History, University of Essex
  • ClockTuesday 18 February 2014, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

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This talk is open to the public and may be podcast

Few have noticed that what we call ‘Georgian culture’ was mostly hatched inside the square quarter-mile or so of eighteenth-century London that was centred on the Piazza of Covent Garden. The nation’s leading artists, writers, dramatists all lived there. They knew and competed with each other, and engaged with low life as well as high. The paper shows how artistic creativity indispensably drew on and illuminated the experiences of living in the world’s first cultural ‘Bohemia’.

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