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Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

A Queer Taste for Macaroni

- February 22, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, beau, captain jones, Culture & History, dandy, dandyism, fop, gay, georgian britain, georgian london, grand tour, homosexuality, homosexuality in the 18th century, london, macaroni, matthew darly, queer culture, sodomy, sodomy trial

With his enormous hair, painted face, and dainty attire, the so-called "macaroni" was a common sight upon the streets and ridiculing prints of 1770s London. Dominic Janes explores how with this new figure — and the scandalous sodomy trials with which the stereotype became entwined — a widespread discussion of same-sex desire first entered the public realm, long before the days of Oscar Wilde.