Grub Street Journal. The Latest Particulars of Smuggler Gangs. 1732.All prints are produced on handmade paper which resembles the look, feel and weight of paper available during the historical period in which the art has been inspired from. Smuggling was a rife trade in the early 19th century particularly in the south of England, were the notorious Hawkhurst and Mayfield gangs operated smuggling from the early 1730’s until 1749. After they were defeated in a battle with the Goudhurst militia in 1747, two of their leaders, Arthur Gray and Thomas Kingsmill, were executed in 1748 and 1749. Published from January 8, 1730 to 1738, The Grub-Street Journal was a satire on popular journalism and hack-writing. Until the early 19th century, Grub Street was a street close to London's impoverished Moorfields district. Famous for its concentration of impoverished 'hack writers', aspiring poets, and low-end publishers and booksellers, Grub Street existed on the margins of London's journalistic and literary scene.
Grub Street Journal. The Latest Particulars of Smuggler Gangs. 1732.
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced. Size 8.5" x 11". Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet.