George Peacock

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"Lady Termagant Flaybum going to give her step son a taste of her desert after dinner, a scene performed every day near Grosvenor Square, to the annoyance of the neighbourhood", etching by James Gillray (1786).
Title page of Sublime of Flagellation.

George Peacock was an 18th-century publisher of spanking novels in London, England. He published works such as:

These works were republished a century later as a series under the title Library Illustrative of Social Progress (1872).

Peacock was connected with the printseller William Holland who shared premises with him, at 66 Drury Lane (from 1777 to 1785) and later (after 1786) at 50 Oxford Street. They called their shop a "Print and Literary Museum".


  • J. Peakman: Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England, Springer, 2003
  • David S. Alexander, Whitworth Art Gallery: Richard Newton and English Caricature in the 1790s, Manchester University Press, 1998, p. 16-