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A charming book,
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This review is from: The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London's Golden Age (Hardcover)
This book is a very well researched study of Covent Garden and its adjoining districts in the eighteenth century with 174 illustrations with pithy comments and evocative descriptions based on contemporary accounts. The author notes the exact locations of many dwellinghouses, coffee shop, studios etc to prove his thesis [he succeeds, even though there was at the time no established middle class to be bohemian against]. I had to go to the endpapers of "Boswell's London Journal" published by Heinemann in 1950 which has a plan of CG showing some of the places he mentions. Something similar in this book would be helpful. On a minor point. I annot agree that the present Covent Garden is a "charmless tourist trap", The tourists I can't answer for, but architectually St Paul's church still dominates the piazza with its portico and great Tuscan eaves protecting us from the fierce London sun, looking over Fowler's market building, itself an outstanding piece of architecture.