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The OP War, Libertarian Communication and Graphic Reportage in Georgian London

Baker, James (2011) The OP War, Libertarian Communication and Graphic Reportage in Georgian London. European Comic Art, 4 (1). pp. 81-104. ISSN 1754-3797. (doi:10.3828/eca.2011.6) (KAR id:28378)


On 18 September 1809, Covent Garden Theatre reopened, lavishly decorated after the devastating fire of the previous year. Far from being an occasion of celebration, an increase in prices and the architectural redistribution raised the ire of London's theatregoers, sparking months of sustained protest. Known as the Old Price riots, these protests received widespread attention in the metropolitan press. They also prompted various responses from London's satirical print trade. This article will explore the output of these two publicly facing media with respect to the Old Price riots as means of examining the differing processes of reportage they functioned within. It will argue that despite operating on a 'virtual' plane of reportage, that during the Old Price riots graphic satire escaped the confines of its virtuality and became an active agent in Georgian anti-authoritarian protest.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3828/eca.2011.6
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Baker
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 21:18 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:06 UTC
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