Catalogue


Dr Johnson's London : life in London 1740-1770 /
Liza Picard.
imprint
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
description
xxi, 362 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0297842188
format(s)
Book
Holdings
Subjects
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imprint
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
isbn
0297842188
general note
Map on lining-papers.
catalogue key
3859408
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Summaries
Main Description
Like its popular and acclaimed predecessor Restoration London, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of the everyday life of our ancestors, so often ignored in more conventional history books. Based on every possible contemporary source - diaries, almanacs, newspapers, advice books, memoirs, government papers and reports - Liza Picard examines every aspect of life in London: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework, laundry and shopping; clothes and jewellery, cosmetics and hairdressing; medicine, sex, hobbies, education and etiquette; religion and popular beliefs; law and crime. This book spans the years 1740 to 1770, starting when the gin craze was gaining ground and ending when the east coast of America was still British.
Bowker Data Service Summary
During the mid 18th century London was a fascinating place. Liza Picard's description of London life at the time of Dr. Johnson is based upon sources ranging from diaries, almanacs and newpapers, to memoirs, government papers and reports.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Preface
The Place
Facts and Figures
London and Westminster
Water
Traffic
Green Spaces
The Buildings
The Poor
Massie's Analysis
The Welfare System
Living Conditions
Philanthropy
The Sick Poor
Work
Slaves, Servants and Domestic Work
Amusements
Crime and Punishment
The Middling Sort
Dentistry, Health and Medical Care
Childhood, Schooling and Religion
A Woman's World
The Middling Rank of Men
Fashion and Beauty
Interiors and Gardens
Parties of Pleasure
Manners, Speech, Conversation and Customs
The Rich
High Society
The King
Appendix: Cost of Living, Currency and Prices
Notes
Index
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