Title: Real life in London, or, The rambles and adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and his cousin, the Hon. Tom. Dashall, through the metropolis : exhibiting a living picture of fashionable characters, manners, and amusements in high and low life / by an amateur.

Date: 1821

Bibliographic Citation: Real life in London, or, The rambles and adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and his cousin, the Hon. Tom. Dashall, through the metropolis : exhibiting a living picture of fashionable characters, manners, and amusements in high and low life / by an amateur ; embellished and illustrated with a series of coloured prints, designed and engraved by Messrs. Heath, Alken, Dighton, Rowlandson &c. London : Printed for Jones and Co., 1821-1822.

Notes: In this plagiarized version of Pierce Egan’s Life in London, protagonists Tom and Bob, who are variant versions of Life in London’s Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorne, attend the Royal Academy’s exhibition at Somerset House. Gallery patrons use catalogues to identify the works on display. “The Connoisseur,” Tom remarks, “was placing his eye occasionally close to the paintings, or removing to short distances, right and left, to catch them in the most judicious lights, and making remarks on his catalogue with a pencil; and Mrs. Roundabout…had brought her son. …Dicky read over the list, and charmed her by reciting the various scraps of poetry inserted in the catalogue to elucidate the subjects.” This excerpt suggests that the spectator’s experience at the exhibition was mediated in part by the printed catalogue.

Language: English

Subject: Egan, Pierce, — 1772-1849 — Parodies, imitations, etc.
London (England) — Social life and customs — 19th century — Humor.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Print in the Media Ecology

Exhibition Theme: The Visual Arts

Call Number: PR3991 A1 R43 1821 Rare Books/Special Collections

Image Identifier: 018_PR3991_A1_R43_1821_alken_exhibition_real_life-pageopposite369