UPROAR! by Alice Loxton

UPROAR! by Alice Loxton

Author:Alice Loxton [Loxton, Alice]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Icon Books
Published: 2023-03-01T16:00:00+00:00

Anacreontick’s in Full Song, James Gillray, 1801.

National Portrait Gallery

Rowlandson would have been familiar with such chaos. One of his prints – perhaps a fond memory of his youth – shows three students visited by two elderly men, who are throwing their hands up in disbelief. But are these students hard at work? Nose in a book? Silently ruminating? No such diligence is found here: these students are in a drunken slumber. The table is covered with a large punchbowl and drinking glasses. Mortarboards litter the floor. But, as if to say, ‘Such is life’, Rowlandson adds a quote from Cicero: ‘O Tempora, O Mores!’* Heavy drinking and raucous conviviality were essential to this era of excess.


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