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Date: Sep 5 9:08 PM, 2017
Dublin today has reflections of Georgian London

Having recently spent a week in Dublin, it made me realise how much of the city still retains an eighteenth century look and how comparisons could be made there with the Poldarks' London. 

Rather than the provincial tone of Bath, Dublin has long, extremely wide streets completely filled with Georgian city mansions, original door surrounds intact and individually different. So much of this has been swept away in London. Many houses north of the river Liffey, east of O'Connell Street and in streets close to Trinity college have hardly changed superficially since 1750. Georgian architecture still predominates in large areas of the city.

During my visit I went to the 'Irish Writers' museum, housed in one of the mansions, which had small displays of contemporary editions of works by Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Sheridan (as well as many others.)

I was lucky enough to see a Sheridan play (The Rivals) at the Smock Alley theatre which originally opened in 1662. This theatre was managed by Sheridan's father Thomas (godson of Jonathan Swift) in the 1750s.

Ross demonstrates his knowledge of Swift's work (and political sentiments) in 'Demelza' and I wondered if he advised Demelza to use her new found reading skills to study Swift after the ball in Truro. After all, she found it hard to resist an aristocrat, didn't she?

The many references to theatre visits in the later books makes me think that the Poldarks would have watched a performance or two by an Irish playwright and Bella might have acted in quite a few of them. It is also quite likely that Ross supped many a pint of Guinness (porter) whilst in London as the drink was first exported there in 1769. 

 My short trip to Dublin has brought the Poldarks' Georgian world, particularly London, a little closer.


-- Edited by Moorland Rambler on Tuesday 5th of September 2017 09:52:32 PM

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