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Regency popular and periodical press


23 People in group

Popular culture during the Regency spanned a wide spectrum of pastimes and entertainments, from radical politics and religion to bare-knuckle fighting and gambling. As the gap between the elite and the working class widened into a yawning gulf, some of these activities came under attack. The moral reform promoted by middle-class campaigners aimed to eradicate certain traditional customs, resulting in the licensing of coffeehouses, taverns and alehouses and the repression of debating societies. However the level of participation in popular culture was far greater than first appears, with high and low sharing many common leisure pursuits and interests.

George Canning

George Canning

1770-1827
Prime Minister
Sitter in 47 portraits
Thomas de Quincey

Thomas de Quincey

1785-1859
Writer; author of 'Confessions of an Opium Eater'
Sitter in 4 portraits
James Gillray

James Gillray

1756-1815
Caricaturist
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 881 portraits
William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

1778-1830
Essayist, journalist and critic
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
James Henry Leigh Hunt

James Henry Leigh Hunt

1784-1859
Poet, essayist and critic
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

1770-1828
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 50 portraits
Sir Edward Baines

Sir Edward Baines

1800-1890
Journalist, educationist and politician; MP for Leeds
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Barnes

Thomas Barnes

1785-1841
Editor of The Times
Sitter in 4 portraits
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

1778-1868
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 259 portraits
William Combe

William Combe

1741-1823
Author of 'Doctor Syntax'
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Hookham Frere

John Hookham Frere

1769-1846
Diplomat and writer
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
William Gifford

William Gifford

1756-1826
First editor of the Quarterly Review
Sitter in 3 portraits
William Hone

William Hone

1780-1842
Bookseller, pamphleteer and writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Francis Horner

Francis Horner

1778-1817
Political economist
Sitter in 5 portraits
William Henry Ireland

William Henry Ireland

1777-1835
Forger of Shakespeare manuscripts
Sitter in 4 portraits
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

1773-1850
Scottish judge and critic; editor of the 'Edinburgh Review'
Sitter in 11 portraits
William Jerdan

William Jerdan

1782-1869
Journalist
Sitter in 7 portraits
John Gibson Lockhart

John Gibson Lockhart

1794-1854
Biographer and novelist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Samuel Parr

Samuel Parr

1747-1825
Pedagogue and Whig pamphleteer
Sitter in 18 portraits
Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

1771-1845
Wit and Canon of St Paul's
Sitter in 9 portraits