A history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay's 'Beggar's Opera',the first ...
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A history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay's 'Beggar's Opera',the first home-grown play to lampoon politicians - which leads to stage censorship. Leading literary satirists Swift and Pope and Laurence Sterne,author of near-the-knuckle novel 'Tristram Shandy' are followed by political cartoonists Rowlandson, Gillray and Cruikshank,whose often grotesque drawings of the Stuart monarchy are no holds barred whilst poet Byron mocks political villainry in his poems. In Victoria's reign music-hall artists,such as the censor-baiting Marie Lloyd,take up the flag of vulgarity,along with comic creations like the goatish drunk Ally Sloper. The new art of photography leads to under-the-counter postcards of nude women and,thanks to the popularity of the seaside holiday,What the Butler Saw machines and saucy postcards, the master of which is Donald McGill,who,as late as the 1950s,is ... Written by
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