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Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture$
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Oskar Cox Jensen, David Kennerley, and Ian Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812425.001.0001

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A Motley Assembly

A Motley Assembly

‘The Margate Hoy’

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Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture

Harriet Guest

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a single song, Dibdin’s ‘A Voyage to Margate’, and examines its social resonances. It begins with an account of what the song can tell us about the way the seaside resort of Margate figured in the popular imagination, and then moves into a study of the mutually reinforcing domains of song and visual culture, from slip songs and street ballads, through graphic satire and finely produced drolls, to aspirational mezzotint engravings based on oil paintings by George Morland. The author describes a feedback loop between song culture and visual iconography in which songs borrowed tropes from graphic satires, which were then illustrated across a range of print media, and were later reabsorbed into song culture in further parodies and adaptations.

Keywords:   caricature, national, print culture, parody, song, George Morland, painting, Margate, graphic satire

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