Hellfire Club was a name for several exclusive clubs for high society rakes established in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century.
The name is most commonly used to refer to Sir Francis Dashwood's Order of the Friars of St. who wished to take part in socially perceived immoral acts, and the members were often involved in politics.
It was scurrilous, blasphemous, libellous, and bawdy, though not pornographic- still unquestionably illegal under the laws of the time, and the Government subsequently used it to drive Wilkes into exile.
Between 17 Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea by Charles Johnstone was published.
Portrait of Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron le Despencer by William Hogarth from the late 1750s, parodying Renaissance images of Francis of Assisi.