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By Jerry White

ISBN-10: 0674073177

ISBN-13: 9780674073173

London within the eighteenth century was once a brand new urban, risen from the ashes of the good fireplace of 1666 that had destroyed part its houses and nice public constructions. The century that was once an period of full of life enlargement and large-scale initiatives, of speedily altering tradition and trade, as large numbers of individuals arrived within the shining urban, drawn by means of its significant wealth and tool and its many diversions. Borrowing a word from Daniel Defoe, Jerry White calls London “this nice and massive thing,” the grandeur of its new constructions and the glitter of its excessive existence shadowed by means of poverty and squalor.

A nice and immense Thing deals a street-level view of the town: its public gardens and prisons, its banks and brothels, its workshops and warehouses—and its bustling, jostling crowds. White introduces us to shopkeepers and prostitutes, women and men of style and genius, street-robbers and thief-takers, as they play out the brilliant drama of lifestyles in eighteenth-century London. What emerges is an image of a society fractured by means of geography, politics, faith, history—and specifically through classification, for the divide among wealthy and bad in London was once by no means better or extra harmful within the smooth period than in those years.

regardless of this gulf, Jerry White indicates us Londoners going approximately their company as bankers or beggars, reveling in an enlarging global of public pleasures, indulging in crimes either nice and small—amidst the tightening sinews of strength and law, and the hesitant beginnings of London democracy.

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For this reason alone, Gibbs’s less than wholehearted espousal of the new fashion deterred few commissions. His talents as an architect were manifest and many. Even some Whigs liked what he designed. Most of all, though, it was Tory clients, the embittered remnants of Queen Anne’s last government and their wealthy friends, who ensured Gibbs’s setback of 1716 was merely temporary. Despite dismissal by the commissioners for the fifty new churches, it says much for Gibbs’s technical skills and his diplomacy that he was allowed to retain the contract for St Mary le Strand and see the church through to completion.

Architects not only pursued a range of styles in their projects; they might happily combine one or more styles in any building coming under their hand. For this reason alone, Gibbs’s less than wholehearted espousal of the new fashion deterred few commissions. His talents as an architect were manifest and many. Even some Whigs liked what he designed. Most of all, though, it was Tory clients, the embittered remnants of Queen Anne’s last government and their wealthy friends, who ensured Gibbs’s setback of 1716 was merely temporary.

The ‘High Road at Kingsland’ north of Shoreditch ‘is full of Quicksands’ that needed ‘extraordinary Brick-drains, and Bridges over them’.  . and several Passengers on Horseback thrown off their Horses .  .  .  . Three empty Drays have been stopped at Little Chelsea, and Ten Horses put at Length to draw them out, one by one: That Three Weeks ago he travelled the way with a Chaise, and a Pair of Horses, between Piccadilly, and Hyde Park Corner; and by the badness of the Way, one of the Horses had like to have been smothered in the Dirt .

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