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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.