Date(s) - Monday, 14 January 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St Paul’s Church
Presented by Ian Keable who is a particular authority on 18th century hoaxes and the images and contemporary reports associated with them and is making a welcome return visit after his fascinating talk on Dickens last year.
The 1700s was a period where the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; that a man could climb inside a wine bottle and sing and dance inside it; and a balloonist could fly in a Chinese Temple. These, and other hoaxes – which involved the likes of Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson and the politician Charles James Fox – were written about in newspapers and journals and brilliantly and amusingly depicted by satirical artists such as William Hogarth and James Gillray. In this entertaining talk Ian relates and illustrates sundry hoaxes and deliberate deceptions; all of which are memorable not only for the imaginative nature of the swindles, but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters.