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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited focus, 13 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London's Golden Age (Hardcover)
I enjoyed the early chapters of this book on Covent Garden, the area, buildings etc and then I looked forward to hearing about some of the Bohemians of the title. Fair enough Gatrell decided to focus on artists, and we only get tantalising glimpses of their literary and thespian neighbours, but he focuses on very few artists. Of these I would question the society painter Sir Joshua Reynolds "bohemian" credentials. Then where are the women? One definition of bohemian is leading an alternative life style, a women artist was doing that in having a profession at all Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser are mentioned, but that is all. The only women we really meet are those the author constantly refers to as "whores" and they are just appdendages to the paintings. Ian Kelly in Mr Foote's Other Leg painted a very vibrant picture of Bohemian life and managed to include the stories of both genders in a sympathetic way.
The black and white illustrations are not well produced and are difficult to see.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2014 14:20:08 GMT
S. Welch says:
This is a Anachronistic review and comment. Not viewing history it's own context but looking at the past through 21st century eyes. Not helpful at all.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2015 18:54:25 GMT
cracking riposte !

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2015 11:43:19 GMT
Any review that attracts the trolls must be doing something right! Though I'm surprised about the pictures - were you reading the paperback?
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