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Sin city: Georgian London evokes images of elegance and fine art... in truth oneā€¦

Teeming with prostitutes - from lowly street walkers offering a ' threepenny upright' to high-class courtesans retained by dukes - Georgian London was a city built on the sex trade.
Jenn Russell
Jenn Russell • 2 years ago

The Royal Joke, or Black Jacks Delight, by James Gillray (1757-1815). Apparently one in five of ever woman in Georgian London was a prostitute, not surprising.

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